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Play is for all of us.

Play is needed for the children of the world for ALL the children. One way for children to have a better life is for play opportunities to be given to them in their homes, at schools, at after-school programs, and in their communities. ACEI is a strong advocate for children's play experiences. According to a 2005 ACEI Resolution for Play, "Play (including recess)" is a "fundamental right" of children. This resolution further notes that, "ACEI and its membership will advocate at all levels for the reinstatement of play (including recess) as an appropriate and essential component of all school curriculums."

The ACEI position paper on play (Isenberg & Quisenberry, 2002), states, "ACEI believes that play--a dynamic, active, and constructive behavior--is an essential and integral part of all children's healthy growth, development, and learning across ages, domains, and cultures." In an ACEI Speaks brochure, Bergen (n.d.) has written about the "role of play in brain development." Another ACEI Speaks brochure (Burris & Harrison, 2004) addresses the need for play activity in order to combat the increasing problem of childhood obesity. In a new ACEI publication, The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds (2004), Frost, Brown, Sutterby, and Thornton describe the developmental benefits derived from playground activities. Other organizations, such as the International Play Association, the Association for the Study of Play, and the National Association for Education for Young Children, also have given much support for play.

When discussing the need for play, we also must mention the adolescents who need playful social interactions in middle schools. Jill Hunter, Vice President Representing Intermediate/Middle Childhood, stresses the need for play in developing adolescents' language and life skills. Having taught middle school English as well as elementary and preschool, I have seen the importance of play for all ages. I am also a parent who still plays with a pre-teen and a teen. Presently, as I teach at the university level, I see a need to emphasize the importance of play to K-8 preservice and inservice teachers so they can find more meaningful ways to provide playful experiences in their classrooms.

Play is for all of us!! As adults, we also need to continue playful experiences. I STILL PLAY and I hope that you do, too.

Selected References

Association for Childhood Education International. (2005). ACEI resolution for play. Olney, MD: Author.

Bergen, D. (n.d.). Play's role in brain development. (ACEI Speaks.) Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International.

Burriss, K. G., & Harrison, J. B. (2004). Obesity and children. (ACEI Speaks.) Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International.

Frost, J. L., Brown, P., Sutterby, J. A., & Thornton, C.D. (2004). The developmental benefits of playgrounds. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International.

Isenberg, J. P., & Quisenberry, N. (2002). Play: Essential for all children. A position paper of the Association for Childhood Education International. Retrieved December 3, 2002, from

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Title Annotation:Public Affairs Update
Author:Jones, Rose B.
Publication:Childhood Education
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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