Play is the most inclusive and efficient form of learning humanity has ever devised. Plato wasn’t using hyperbole when he said, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Play engages massive amounts of the brain and develops soft skills, while strengthening hard skills. This is why “how” and “why” we play tells so much about us.
Play isn’t how children kill time; it’s how they make the most of their time. So, it’s important for adults to recognize that when a child is playing, they are playing to learn. Every bounce of a ball, every pretend flight around the backyard and every finger-paint masterpiece is a learning opportunity for a child. A child is never “just” playing. They are building the brains that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Oklahoma WONDERtorium is committed to giving children a safe, clean and engaging place to do their best work…play. But, science has shown us that play not only benefits the developing brain, but it is also invaluable to the adult brain. So for the sake of your brain and the developing minds around you, play and play well…play to learn!