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by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   September 12   |   0 Comments
Parents know it. Teachers know it. And pediatricians have weighed in with an official opinion about it: Kids need regular doses of constructive play for healthy development, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and play is an important factor in building strong parent-child bonds.

In a clinical report published in the January 2007 issue of the journal Pediatrics, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd makes the case on behalf of the country’s leading association for pediatricians:

by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   September 12   |   0 Comments
What one behavior -- besides breathing and eating -- comes naturally to all kids? Play!

Play is the way a child explores his or her world, builds skills, exercises imagination and learns through experience.

Learning through play is intrinsically motivating for children, says Jerome Singer, Ph.D., Professor of Child Studies Emeritus at Yale University and a leading play researcher. “Play can miniaturize a part of the complex world children experience, reduce it to understandable dimensions, manipulate it, and help them understand how it works.”

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