Playsets bring back valuable unstructured play time

Whatever happened to free time, the kind of time children once had for making up adventures in a playhouse, playing on a swing set or scooting down a kid’s slide? Children today have eight fewer hours of free, unstructured playtime a week than they had 20 years ago, according to Tufts University psychologist David Elkind, PhD. Video games, organized sports and computer programs fight for kids’ time when decades of research show kids learn best through active, exploratory play. Here’s an article from the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/09/child-play.aspx