Play is Important in Children's Development
Some suggestions included:
* Emphasizing the benefits of "true toys", such as blocks and dolls, in which children use their imagination fully over passive toys that require limited imagination;
* Supporting an appropriately challenging academic schedule for each child with a balance of extracurricular activities. This should be based on each child's unique needs and not on competitive community standards or need to gain college admissions;
* Helping parents evaluate claims by marketers and advertisers about products or interventions designed to produce "super-children;"
* Encouraging parents to understand that each young person does not need to excel in multiple areas to be considered successful or prepared to compete in the real world;
* Suggesting families choose childcare and early education programs that meet children's social and emotional developmental needs as well as academic preparedness.
Take a look at the report, there are great suggestions on developmentally appropriate and fun activities for our kids.
Others reporting on this: AAP, Vincent Iannelli.