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Why Pretend Play?

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”  Mr. Rogers said it and nobody I know would argue that Mr. Rogers didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to children.  However, if the word of a lifelong student of child development and an expert in play isn’t authoritative enough for you, he’s backed by some pretty heavy hitters in the field, including the American Academy of Pediatrics 2006 Report on the Importance of Play (hereafter referred to as the AAP Report) and no less than the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, which considers play to be so important to optimal child development that it has recognized it as a right of every child.

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