Parents know that play helps kids grow up happy and healthy. Academic and medical research has proven it. These studies and scholarly articles, written by some of the foremost authorities on childhood development greatly support the need for more free, creative, and imaginative play. Here, you can do a little homework to learn more about play.
What kind of play spaces benefit children the most? Loose parts that allow children to create their own play spaces are found to encourage more problem solving, creative play, and social interaction.
How can the blocks be applied to a more structured, school setting? The second book by George E. Forman, Ph.D, prompts ideas for engaging children in an open-ended provocation for design.