Playdates are replacing free child’s play in the USA and it’s having detrimental effects on our children’s development.
“Since the 1970s, kids have lost an average nine hours of free playtime a week. Kids are getting less free time outside. And when kids are given recreational activities, they are likely to be adult-led and supervised.”
Children learn important skills – social, emotional, and physical on the playground, but that time is being eliminated from their lives.
“The rise in childhood obesity coincides with the drop in outdoor playtime. Playgrounds challenge small bodies and helps kids develop gross motor skills.”
“Play is part of our DNA. It’s directly connected to brain development. Play absolutely alchemizes learning, rather than hampers it.”