23 August 2012
Summer is over with most kids returning to school this week. So it is time for teachers and books, and time to put away toys and games.
Not so fast!
Play is increasingly recognized by health and education professionals as a valuable learning tool that helps make kids smarter. Even business people are promoting the value of a playful attitude in terms of staying creative, innovative and engaged.
Kids gather information through sensory actions (touch, hear, see) and develop critical thinking skills (observing, evaluating and reasoning) through play. Engaging in play at the Y gives kids a chance to be active while cooperating with each other.