Stuart Brown says play makes kids happier, healthier, and better students, but how can parents make that happen in a stressed-out, overscheduled world? I talked with Brown earlier this week about his new book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (Avery, $24.95). Since then, readers have weighed in with resources that can help parents bring more play into their children's lives at school, at home, and in the neighborhood. (I just checked on efforts to mandate more recess time, and it's clearly not getting much traction. Lawmakers in Maine are pondering at least two unstructured recess periods for elementary students, but they're in the minority.) Here are a few sites worth checking out:
Do you know other ways people are working to bring play back into children's lives? Please let me know!