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The Serious Need for Play

Waldorf early childhood programs are centered on the premise that young children learn best through play, and in the January 28, 2009 issue of Scientific American, free, unstructured, imaginative play is shown to be vital in the early lives of children. In "A Serious Need for Play" the author describes how and why

  • Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional and cognitive development.
  • Imaginative and rambunctious “free play,” as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type.
  • Kids who do not play when they are young may grow into anxious, socially maladjusted adults.

Read the entire article here.