Overcoming the Play Deficit: Designing Playful Opportunities for Young Children

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Young children are active learners who need meaningful play experiences to gain understanding of their world. New findings indicate that today’s children are spending less time playing– but they need play more than ever! Young children need to play to learn how to make choices, have effective conversations, and learn to work with others. Investigate how language, collaboration, persistence and empathy are developed as young children participate in engaging play opportunities. Discover how playing with ideas and materials can nurture creative thinkers and problem solvers. Explore play environments that provide intriguing possibilities that will both support and challenge young children’s growing capabilities. Join in the crusade for “more play” for all young children!