What Children Learn in Play that They Can’t Learn in School (On Demand)
In this talk I will define play as activity that is (a) self-chosen and self-directed, (b) intrinsically motivated (done for its own sake), (c) structured by the players themselves, and (d) occurs at least partly in an imaginary world. I will describe how each of these qualities contributes to play’s educative power. Children acquire social, emotional, and intellectual skills in play that cannot be taught in the classroom.
What you'll learn
- Definition of play.
- What children learn in play.
- The harm of play deprivation.
Parents, teachers, everyone concerned about children.
Originally broadcast on
29 January 2020
Stuart Brown, MD, Founder and President of the National Institute for Play wrote, of Peter Gray’s book Free to Learn: “Gray demonstrates through science and evolutionary biology that the human species is designed to play, is built through play, and that for kids, play equals learning. Free to Learn is timely, paradigm shifting, and essential for our long-term survival as human beings.”