Play Access in Cities Is Critical to Children’s Development

The Real Play Coalition, a global play rights alliance founded by National Geographic, The Lego Foundation and IKEA, says society has an obligation to reclaim play in cities because of the critical role of play in child development and learning. The coalition published this conclusion is a new report, “Reclaiming Play in Cities – The Real Play Coalition Approach,” which reviews the evidence around learning through play, along with the impact of city and urban environments on children’s access to play and their overall development. The report recommends cities adopt less ‘passive’ policies, urging them to be more proactive in prioritizing play for children’s benefit.