Part 2: Connecting and Protecting through Play, Movement, the Arts and Nature
Play is not only valuable but essential for children’s well-being. While children may show strong preferences for different types of play, there are common elements that are present in experiences that calm and engage children’s brains. A wide variety of play opportunities allows for discovery and mastery. Also important is adult connection and involvement, at varying levels in children’s play, depending on the degree of stress, the immediate needs of the child and the goals children have for themselves.