Kids playing with sand and buckets

Free Play: Why It’s Important and How to Get Your Kids to Participate

Free play is any unstructured, voluntary, child-initiated activity that lets kids develop their imagination while exploring their environs. It is the spontaneous play that is born from a child’s curiosity, enthusiasm, and love of discovery. It can include playing with dolls, blocks, crayons, clay, paper, and so on: anything that allows free, creative play. Outdoor play is the best form of free play. When kids are outside, they explore different things in nature and discover bugs they would have otherwise missed if they spent all their time in the house. 

Play is the highest level of development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.

1 thought on “Free Play: Why It’s Important and How to Get Your Kids to Participate”

  1. Yesss! I couldn’t agree more, Shalom.

    I sometimes get so irritated when (well-meaning) family and friends bring over toy after toy after toy to my son, who is 2.5 years old. He has enough talking, walking, flashing-light toys to fill a toy store. I do make sure that he always has access to more imaginative toys and activities like blocks, cars, trucks, crayons, paint, and outside toys like a sandbox. I try to let him play in the mud and grass as often as possible barefoot.

    Great article!

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