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A "prescription" for play

Updated: Oct 16, 2019



A new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a new prescription at well-child visits – a prescription for PLAY. This recommendation is based on new research that has provided more evidence on the critical importance of play, and its role in the healthy emotional and physical development of young children. The AAP recommends that pediatricians "advocate for the importance of all forms of play as well as for the role of play in the development of executive functioning, emotional intelligence and social skills." The report states that reintroducing play and playful learning to the daily lives of children is critical given the factors facing today’s youth including an increased focus on academic readiness, a decrease in “free-choice” and recess, and increased time with technology.


At the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, we believe play is an essential part of life. We are dedicated to free, open-ended play and celebrate these findings!


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Sascha Teller
Sascha Teller
Feb 21, 2023

It seems to me that learning through computer games is also useful for children. For example, you can google the stages of developing computer games. By the way, you can read about this on the website of this studio https://ilogos.biz/2d-game-art-outsoursing/, whose specialists are engaged in game development, 2D graphics and have experience working with very large studios like EA, Sony.

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John Morrow
John Morrow
Feb 21, 2023

This is a nice article! I've never heard of the mentioned aspects

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Marsh Neal
Marsh Neal
Feb 13, 2023

That's true, games are actually a great way to help parents provide healthy emotional and physical development of children, but I think it's worth mentioning that music has such an effect as well. Personally, I download calming playlists from YouTube with Tubidy and turn them on at night, and I can say that it helps my son fall asleep faster and forget about any nightmares, and it's just one of the benefits.

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