Words on Play is a unique treatise on play and its value by leading play scholars, providing a rich literature review on play. This program highlights many research-based play topics that will further inspire and empower communities to advocate for play for creating a healthier society. Play topics include developmental benefits, nature, inclusion, physical activity, creativity and imagination, brain development, learning, health and wellness, and social capital. Play scholar contributors include Dr. Joe Frost, Robin Moore, Dr. Keith Christensen, Dr. Louis Bowers, Dr. Kathleen Buriss, Dr. Nilda Cosco, Dr. Michael Suk, and Dr. John Sutterby. A variety of play resources will be highlighted.
- Identify at least 3 research –based benefits of play.
- Create an “elevator speech” describing why play is essential to the health and well-being of children.
- Develop an action plan of ways to advocate and promote best practices in play in your community utilizing available resources.