Science of Parenting: Children and Play

AMES, Iowa — Parents often greet a new baby with stuffed animals, dolls and other toys, all given in anticipation of the play that is to come. During March, family life specialists Donna Donald and Lori Hayungs talk about the power of play for children of all ages in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Play is a way in which we can learn about ourselves and others. It is at the heart of creativity and makes us more productive — and it’s fun,” Donald said.

“Children approach play with a joyful attitude,” Hayungs said. “This month we’ll share ideas about play and the brain, different types of play, the role of rough-and-tumble play and play through the years. Come play with us!”

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month of March and in a five-minute podcast.

Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.