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Play more valuable for children s mental growth than

Play is far more valuable for children s mental growth than academic training, according to a noted thought leader in education, Peter Gray. We look at play traditionally as a recess, but it is far more than that and is crucial in a childs overall development, says Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College in the US. Play, he said at a recent international summit on early years hosted by KLAY (Kids Learning And You) Prep Schools and Day Care, raises the level of creativity as it involves some element of imagination. Moreover, academic training should never be an excuse to not let children play as it takes away their opportunity to learn from self-chosen and self-directed play, Gray said as he emphasised the importance of play in childrens lives. Adults should understand that though they think of educating children a certain way, children usually learn by observing their surroundings and explore the world in their own way, he further said. Gray has ...


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