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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.

Curious about what kids are learning as they play? Learn what to look for when you watch kids of different ages work with Imagination Playground blocks. 

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.

Play with blocks is linked to improved performance in math test scores, language development, pre-literacy preparation, problem solving skills, and social development.

See studies and research from our partner KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Topics include: the Play Deficit, Recess, Early Childhood Education, and Health.


Childhood obesity rates are rising. Time for free play is disappearing. Studies show that free play is essential for the development all children—now more than ever.

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.