Play is for all of us.
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.
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 www.udel.edu/bateman/acei/playpaper.htm.
--Rose B. Jones, Public Affairs Committee
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|Author:||Jones, Rose B.|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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