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The Importance of Free Play in a Structured World

March 2, 2015
Posted By: Devon Hamilton, Ph.D. Originally published by Calgary’s Child.

Play is instinctual and universal. We all engage in play, across all cultures, and all ages. In fact, there seems to be a biological imperative to play, even across the animal world. Researchers are exploring the role that play has in healthy brain development. The research is a complex mix of neurology, psychology and sociology. Strangely, the conclusions that seem obvious - such as the value of play - can actually be a challenge to support with strong evidence. Read on to learn more about the shift away from free play in our increasingly scheduled world and why we’re focusing on bringing free play back.