Earlier this year I joined The Genius of Play as a Play Ambassador.
Best. Job. Ever.
I've been working with their team to spread the love for play, and help people better understand just why play is SO important as our kids grow and learn. Being able to speak to groups on their behalf and share their message brings me so much joy.
As one of my first moves as Play Ambassador, I wrote a post making the case for well-played kids:
The Genius of Play movement encourages more creative playtime for all children, and helps highlight play’s big developmental benefits. When your child is lost in the land of make-believe, building the next Lego empire, or confidently exploring a new playground, they are simultaneously doing big important things like improving their cognitive skills, honing communication skills, increasing creativity, processing and expressing emotions, developing physical skills, and enhancing social skills. Big, important things indeed! All built into the stuff they love to do most.
Head over there now to read the rest of my post and learn why we should, and how we can, maximize the benefits of open-ended play and infuse it into our childrens’ vey busy, academically driven, digitally led, lives.
Here's a little more info on what they're all about, in case you're not familiar:
Now go be well played!