Declaration on the Importance of Play

Did you ever wonder WHY play was important? The International Play Association has just released their Declaration on the Importance of Play. IPA President Theresa Casey says,

“It has never been more important to restate the importance of play. Fundamental,  essential, vital – the words in this Declaration reflect IPA members’ message to the world that play is an essential part of childhood. All children have a right to experience play which, in the words of the Declaration, is free, open, boundless, sometimes chaotic, sometimes transformative. Play is a right which all adults have a responsibility to uphold.

The IPA Declaration highlights the growing evidence of the effects of lack of time and space for play and the serious and life-long effects on children’s bodies and minds. IPA wishes to alert the wider community to this evidence and call for action to address this deprivation before the affects cause lifelong damage to more children.”

Click on the image above to go directly to the document to read it for yourself and share it at will. This simply stated reference will be extremely helpful in getting the word out to something most know innately: the play is critical to a healthy childhood.

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