Science of parenting

Playing and learning

The importance of Play and a slow-paced childhood

Children learn through playing. It is a vital activity, not only for the human young, but also for the young of most mammals.

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognizes play as a right of every child (Article 31). Play is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as children's social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.


The focus in recent years on academic performance, coupled to a fast-paced lifestyle, has seriously endangered this universal right of the child, thereby jeopardizing the well-being of an entire generation.

The review on the right (click on the image to open pdf) summarizes the science behind the importance of play, both from a general well-being standpoint, and from the physical, cognitive and social benefits perspective.


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“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”


Joseph Chilton Pearce

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