One of the foundational premises of the activity night called Fun on the Field is “It is OK to play”. In fact, it is downright healthy. And here is a little data for all you scientists to support my assertion.
- Expressing more confidence (Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Developing conflict-resolution skills (Gray, 2011)
- Cultivating social skills such as flexibility, empathy, and the ability to be aware of one’s self (Burdette &Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Increasing problem-solving capabilities (Kleiber & Barnett-Morris, 1993; Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Deepening critical-thinking skills (Hurwitz, 2002)
- Increasing curiosity (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007)