Children are constantly learning; whether it’s through lessons at school, an interactive game, and even watching YouTube videos. One of the most important ways they learn, though, may be one of the more underrated methods. Free play, where children are able to play completely unstructured and have the freedom to come up with their own games, rules, and story lines; is a crucial part of child development. As the non-profit organization, KaBOOM!, said “Free play gives children an outlet to express their emotions and feelings and helps them develop a sense of who they are.” Free play let’s children take the reigns and learn how to manage themselves and achieve their own goals. The risks involved with free play are also beneficial as they help a child learn how to take care of themselves. There are many benefits that free play can have on child development, and this infographic from AAAStateofPlay.com shares 30 reasons why professionals support increasing a child’s access to free play.
infographic by: .aaastateofplay.com