Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning. It transforms everything we do, from our interactions, to our understanding to our outcomes. Play is training for the unexpected.
Play supercharges children’s ability to create, learn and innovate. It facilitates learning by doing, deepens engagement, and strengthens the pathways our brains use to learn and develop. Creative play and playful learning helps to prepare us for life, lifelong learning, and new possibilities.
- While 98% of us are creative geniuses at the age of three, less than 2% of us retain those skills by the time we’ve made it to 25. This means that we’re not equipped to answer the world’s most challenging problems. Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future Today by George Land and Beth Jarman
- In a survey of 1500 leading CEOs, creativity was identified as the single most important competency for success, yet current educational systems are widely perceived to stifle creative thinking. Global survey by IBM, 2010
- 93% of parents believe that play is essential for child development. 82% of parents think that play is necessary to stimulate their child. http://www.importanceofplay.eu/IMG/pdf/infographic_-_final.pdf