Our solution is for children to play more. We want to reverse the decades-long decline in the time kids spend exploring, experimenting and imagining. We aim to realize this vision by championing a movement that elevates the power of play. We are working to encourage parents and the broader community to understand and support the lifelong learning that happens when children are given the freedom to think for themselves, learn from mistakes and pursue their own interests.
Our efforts take many forms, large and small. All show tremendous and sustainable promise. We have inspired families and organizations across Minnesota to contribute to the collective power of play through a statewide “Day of Play.” We have seen how seemingly small steps can have a big impact, including the positive results of a pilot text messaging program that encouraged parents to engage with their children in playful ways.
We know that play helps children thrive and makes their lives richer and more purposeful. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “for children who are under-resourced to reach their highest potential, it is essential that parents, educators and pediatricians recognize the importance of lifelong benefits that children gain from play.”
We also know that many parents are eager to bring more play into their families lives. Minnesota Children's Museum recently conducted a public opinion poll of parenting adults -- and found that 76 percent said they wished kids had more time to play. We're doing all we can to help them!