Playing makes children smarter.
In fact, playing increases intelligence in adults too. Sounds like a marketing pitch, right? Wrong. I have spent over seven years investigating this premise and I can’t find any data to debunk this claim. Actually, the more I research the better I understand the why of this claim. The crazy thing is our schools are decreasing the amount of free play in their curriculum in the United States. No doubt this is the result of the well-meaning politicians who know not what they do. The subsequent increase of homework for all ages is almost at epic levels. Well my friends, here is a bit of homework that will increase your child’s intelligence and at the same time, decrease stress at home…Play More.
Tinkering: Time Magazine reports, “Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth.”
Free Play: “The average bright child seems to spend about 45 to 50 minutes a day more in play than the average dull child. In mental recreation (“picture shows; playing checkers; cook and similar games; playing the piano or other instruments, etc.”) the average bright child spends an hour more than the average dull child.” Writes Boynton and Ford, in The Journal of Applied Psychology back in June of 1933!
Sports: There are scores of reports that show a positive correlation between participation in sports and academic improvement.
Doll Play: Another scholarly paper writes, “Pretend play might be a zone of proximal development, an activity in which children operate at a cognitive level higher than they operate at in nonpretense situations. “
I like to keep my posts short and to the point. But if you wish to read on, here is a great article found at Parenting Science: http://www.parentingscience.com/benefits-of-play.html.
My goal for Via E is to provide an educational experience that is cloaked in fun. Since play is a natural part of learning, we have science on our side. So, come on…let’s Play More!
Always yours, Ellen
Ellen Callen, B.S., M.B.A., Instructor at the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education, researcher of Child Development and Early Learning, is the founder of Via E, Inc. Via E’s, mission is to develop and deliver wholesome play products and integrate methods to increase cognitive and creative abilities in the young and young at heart–and have a lot of fun doing it.