Power 2 Parent
Published: August 1, 2019

The Power of Play!

By Erin Phillips, Power2Parent

“Play is often talked about as if were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” 
-Mr. Rogers


What can we do to improve our children’s academic success? Play with them!

Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada says  “The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain, and without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” Those changes in the prefrontal cortex help wire the brain regulate emotions, problem solve and making plans. So, according to Pellis, “Play is what prepares a young brain for life, love, and even schoolwork…the skills associated with play ultimately lead to better grades.”

​Playing with our children can also strengthen family bonds. “Spending quality family time together strengthens family bonds and provides each family member with a sense of belonging,” says Shannon Cromwell, M.A. Extension Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences at Utah State University. “When it comes to children, one of the most important things you can do to positively influence their development is spend time with them,” says allforkids.org.

With all the research being done on the importance of playing with our children, let’s make it a point to have just a little more fun with them.

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