Play is the thing

Children need time for unstructured play, says a report by the Canadian Council on Learning. Many children today are involved in organized lessons and structured sports to the point that they are missing out on spontaneous free play. "Play nourishes every aspect of a child’s growth. In fact, it is the foundation of the intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills necessary for success in school and life," says Paul Cappon, President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Learning. More information about the study and report, released November 8, is available on the Council’s website (

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