In every course I teach I am constantly emphasizing the importance of play in the lives of little children. They need free play, time to explore and learn about their environment. I love it when I come across an article that backs up what I have been teaching my students. This is a fantastic article I just shared with my students from The Smithsonian magazine. The article is written by Alison Gopnik, who I LOVE!! Her research on infants and toddlers is so fascinating! I have a link to a few of her books in my virtual library if you want to read up on her work. In the mean time enjoy this great article, and always remember LET THEM PLAY!!!