One day, nothing but play! On February 6, students and staff at Angus McKay School celebrated Global Play Day—a movement gaining momentum around the world to bring back play.
Ted Gray, psychology professor, says that over the years, "we've gradually taken more and more play away from kids, replacing it with structured activities, academic work, and digital experiences to the point where they hardly ever "play" at all." As a result, there's been a rise in childhood anxiety and a growing number of kids who simply don't know how to play or interact with one another in a meaningful way.
The day was unstructured by staff, and students were encouraged to bring non-electronic toys to share with one another, encouraging social skill development, ability to play without adult intervention, and of course, fun interaction with each other. Students LOVED it!
As Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research," and based this experience, he was absolutely correct.