Importance of play

Why should we celebrate play?

Early childhood is critical in the development of young minds. The newborn brain triples in size between birth and two years of age. Studies find again and again that the experiences of the first years of life are critical for building literacy.

  • What would happen if I did this?
  • Why did that happen?
  • How does this work?

Free choice, child-directed play allows children to ask these questions, solve problems, try out new skills, and imagine any possibility; all at their own pace.

Inspired Learning through Inspired Play

Neuroscience and social science have confirmed the free-choice play experiences during the formative first 5 years of life are critical to a child’s success in learning. Children’s Museums of the 21st Century combine specific learning objectives, with play, in informal learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers and young children.

Children’s museums can also serve as town squares, building social capital and motivating community involvement. Children’s museums celebrate play and creativity, provide activities that nurture family relationships and create bridges of understanding between parents, educators, and the community.

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