The Power of Play

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What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives.”   ~ Stuart Brown, Institute of Play

Summer.  It marks the warmest time of the year with the longest days.  We are fortunate to live in such a bountiful Valley, which provides us with endless opportunities for outdoor play.  

The importance of play in a child’s life is critical in their creative, emotional, social, and physical development.  To most, child’s play seems inconsequential because of how common it is.  However, when children play, they are problem solving, skill building, and overcoming physical and mental challenges.  Each of those processes are engaged to help nourish every aspect of a child’s development, which is necessary for success in school and in life. 

Play is powerful.  Here are some of the things a child is experiencing and learning while engaging in the act of play: 

Play builds imagination;

Play promotes social skills;

Play enhances physical development;

Play helps children work through emotions.

Most adults exchange play for work and other important responsibilities.  Some would say that play is the business of childhood; however, research shows that play continues to be a vital part of life throughout adulthood.   There are lifelong benefits of play which include:

Play connects us to others;

Play fosters creativity, flexibility, and learning;

Play teaches us perseverance;

Play makes us happy;

Mutual Play can heal emotional wounds.

No matter what age you are, play is simultaneously a source of relaxation and stimulation for the brain and body.  I can’t think of a better place to play than the Roaring Fork Valley!  So grab your Little Buddy, experience the power of play and always be ready to have the time of your life!

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