Play Research

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn
— O. Fred Donaldson Pulitzer nominated author and renowned play researcher

The positive impact of unstructured play on child development has been demonstrated by educators and researchers around the world. Below are links to information about the power of play and what drives HKCDM’s work.

The Serious Need for Play

By Melinda Wenner • Scientific American Mind • January 28, 2009

Less-structured time in children's daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning

By Jane E. Barker, Andrei D. Semenov, Laura Michaelson et. al. • Frontiers in Psychology • June 17, 2014

Time to Play: The Difference Between Knowing and Showing

By Matthew Etherington • In Education, Vol. 18 No. 2  • 2012

How 'twisted' early childhood education has become - from a child development expert

By Valerie Strauss • The Washington Post • Nov. 24, 2015

The Power of Play: A Research Summary of Play and Learning

By Dr. Rachel E. White • Minnesota Children's Museum • June 17, 2014

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

By Jenny Soffel • World Economic Forum • March 10, 2016