Thursday, December 07, 2006

National Toy Hall of Fame

How many of the toys on this page did you have as a kid? I had 25 of them -- and there are only 36. My sister had some of the toys that I didn't, like Raggedy Anne.

From their WHY PLAY page:

Humans have played since earliest times, and philosophers and scholars have thought about it for centuries. More than 2,000 years ago, Plato suggested, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Last century, Albert Einstein called play “the highest form of research.”

Play is fun! We all know that.
But play is also a whole lot more.

Play is essential for learning and human development.

Sharpens our minds
Helps us grow
Keeps us healthy
Boosts our creativity

When children play, they learn to:
Solve problems
Make decisions
Express themselves and communicate with others
Recognize boundaries

Children who play do better in school and become more successful adults.

When we don’t play, we are:
Less creative and productive
More sedentary, more easily fatigued, more susceptible to obesity
More likely to encounter social problems and emotional stress

Play also helps us understand history and culture. The way we play shows:
Who we are
What we value
How we regard others
Change over time
Future possibilities

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