power of play

power of play

The science of child development points to three core principles that can guide what society needs to do to help children and families thrive:

  1. Supporting responsive relationships

  2. Strengthening core life skills

  3. Reducing sources of stress

Play, especially in early childhood, is an effective way of supporting all three of these principles. Play is not just frivolous fun, it is essential for healthy brain and social development, and today's kids are not getting enough of it. 

Learn more about the power of play and the value of children's museums from these resources: 


"Why We Need Children's Museums" by Richard Rende, PhD

"The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children" American Academy of Pediatrics

"The Decline of Play and the Rise of Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents" Psychology Today


PLAY it Forward 2017, Children's Museum of La Crosse

Play in Early Childhood: The Role of Play in Any Setting Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

The Children's Museum Redefines Fun by Adric Tait, 8-years-old

Be prepared to be wowed by this 7-year-old girl's explanation of early brain development, and the importance of play and adult-child interaction.