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    This playground is an investment in our children and community

    Why Play Matters


    Play helps children learn


    Physical play builds active minds as much as it builds active bodies.  Research shows that physical play is integral to children’s learning achievement and success.  Did you know . ..


    1. Play develops gross and fine motor skills and body awareness.
    2. Play helps adjustment to the school setting, fosters school engagement, enhances learning readiness and behaviors, and builds problem-solving skills.
    3. Play is strongly linked to cognitive development.
    4. Play can improve attention, attitudes, creativity, memory and other skills crucial for learning.
    5. Play during the school day can help children’s attention, classroom behavior and achievement test scores.
    6. Play is essential for the development of social skills:  collaboration, compassion and community.


    Play builds community cohesiveness


    1. Play helps kids feel more connected to their communities. 
    2. Community playgrounds have a positive effect on social cohesion.

    Source: Free Play in Early Childhood
    Joan Santer and Carol Griffiths, with Deborah Goodall