RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—It seems like an odd concept, teaching children how to play. But something that should be inherently natural to children just isn’t anymore, in part due to a screen-based culture and a barrage of dance classes, baseball practices, and basketballs games, says the author of the new best-selling book, KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play (Rodale, 2011).
“The best type of play for kids is all types of play,” says Darell Hammond, founder of the organization KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that helps communities playgrounds across the country. “What we’re seeing right now is kids are getting too much structured and team-based activities. We want them to get free and creative play.”
In his new best seller, Hammond outlines the importance of play, and why maybe we should be lengthening recess instead of cutting it, and encouraging kids to turn boxes into spaceships and sticks into swords. It’s exercising the brain through imagination that will better cultivate children who are able to use creativity to figure out government, business, and social challenges in the future, Hammond says.