For the past 50 years, international animal cognition research has focused on how tool use is related to animal intelligence. But new research casts doubt on long-held assumptions.
Supporting play begins with parents attending to their own wellness and seeing children as drivers of their own play.
The women in our study knew that play was important, although they didn't see it as an independent behaviour to be encouraged or promoted.
Experiments show that children who pretend to be their favourite character persist for longer on a task than children not pretending.
Some children are not socially engaging with their peers in the way they did before the pandemic. It's understandable if parents are worried.
Each year, parents consider when to start allowing their children to commute to school unsupervised. During the coronavirus pandemic, there are additional concerns.
For children, getting outdoors helps to aid their exploration of the world – it's how they learn best.
Playful activities that involve choice, active engagement and moments of delight are what children need this summer during the pandemic.
In some parts of the US, a silver lining of COVID-19 may be a return to childhood friendships based in neighborhoods.
With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.
Play with their friends helps children develop social skills and is good for mental health.
Playgrounds might have been closed, but play remains important for the social fabric of cities and for reimagining the possibilities that are open to us.
Parents are children's first and most influential educators. They can turn ordinary moments into important learning experiences.
P.L.A.Y.: An acronym to remind you why letting children play is a responsible and critical way to support children's development through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of insisting on homeschooling primary-age kids, free play can help them learn and has benefits for physical and mental health.
Working long hours and want to make the most of time with your children? Your local park is an ideal place for sharing experiences that benefit the whole family.
Having a public playground in your neighbourhood can add value to your property.
Every expert we asked talked about the importance of letting children take risks and explore in nature. But they also advised parents to supervise and set limits.
When dads engage in active play with their kids they actually help them cope better with some of the challenges they'll face in life. And no reason why mums can't join in the fun as well.
Play and learning are one and the same for Mbendjele children.