Smithsonian-Report

Raising a Generation of Inventors:

A Special Report by The Genius of Play

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It’s More Than Play!

Through play, kids learn valuable skills they’ll use for a lifetime. The Genius of Play™ is your one-stop source for play ideas that build on these skills (with little to no prep time), expert advice and insights, and the latest research on the value of play.

What’s Your Child's Personality of Play?

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Benefits of Play

6 Benefits of Play

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Think of it as recess and study hall all rolled into one. Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and reach critical developmental milestones.

Physical

Active play helps kids with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending their natural energy!

Emotional

During play, kids learn to cope with emotions like fear, frustration, anger and aggression.

Cognitive

Children learn to think, read, remember, reason and pay attention through play.

Creative

By allowing imaginations to run wild during play, kids create new worlds, form unique ideas, and much more!

Communication

Play lets kids exchange thoughts, information, and messages.

Play Ideas for Grandparents and Grandkids

Play Ideas for Grandparents and Grandkids

Pat Rumbaugh, known as The Play Lady shares play ideas that inspires everyone to get involved.

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Expert Advice

Be In The Know

Experts on education, childhood, and play share the latest information and research about the importance of play, childhood development, and tips you can use.

The State of Play in America

Read our Expert Panel report, which gives insights into America’s current play problem.

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Consumer Electronics Show Panel Report

Learn why play is the secret sauce for raising the next generation of digital innovators

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For Teachers

For Teachers

Find out ways to incorporate play into your school day with play-based lesson plans that align perfectly with the curriculum.

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Toy Time

Toy Time

Whether it’s a stuffed animal, action toy, puzzle, doll, or race car set, toys ignite kids’ imaginations, curiosity, critical thinking, and more.

Toy Timeline

See how toys have evolved since waaay before you were a kid!

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Age-by-Age Toy Guide

Learn how to select toys that match your child’s interests, abilities and developmental skills.

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Cool Toy Picks

Find out the types of toys geared specifically for your child’s interests and abilities.

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