Exuberant ChildWhat should a playground sound like? Children everywhere naturally like to play. Having traveled to playgrounds around the world, I can tell you that commercial playground equipment comes in a myriad of shapes and designs, but children at play sound the same in any language. Shrieks of laughter, giggles of happiness, and the ubiquitous ‘higher, faster!’ are universal.

Unstructured outdoor play is highly beneficial for children of all ages. Beyond the obvious activity and action which helps with physical wellbeing and using up excess energy, play also refreshes the mind and stimulates creative thinking. In other words, active play can help improve learning.

Given a fostering environment, children will develop forms of dynamic community play, with cooperation and sharing. Children are able to fluidly adapt their expression and communication whether they are surrounded by friends or strangers-about-to-be-friends. This can transcend any barriers of verbal language or cultures.

Truly, the language of play is universal. All children speak “fun”!

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