Evolutionary psychologist Peter Gray explains why play is crucial for a child’s development.
“Play is nature’s way of ensuring that children will learn the skill they need in adulthood”
“If kids are deprived of play, they aren’t going to learn to get along with others. They aren’t going to learn that they can solve their own problems. They aren’t going to believe that they are in control of their lives. Skills like empathy, resilience, and problem-solving — all essential to thriving in the 21st century — are natural benefits of just letting kids play.”