Research About Play

Play is an important part of development in childhood. It is a way for children to learn who they are, how the world works, solve problems, and to express feelings.

The Children's Discovery Centre will offer experiences in play that are unique and meaningful.

Below is a selection of research that explains the importance of play and its role in childhood:

2021 Why Play Matters

2020 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Existing Experiences and Educational Programs in a Children’s Museum (Early Start Discovery Space)

2017 What we mean by: Learning through Play. The LEGO Foundation

2016 Impacts, Objectives, Outcomes: The Little Bang Discovery Club

2015 Evidence and Impact out of school science

2011 A world without play: a literature review

2011 The forgotten art of play

2011 iPads, Digital Play and Pre-schoolers

2010 Starting Young? Links between childhood and adult participation in culture and science: a literature review

2002 Children’s Museum Experiences: Identifying Powerful Mediators of Learning

1997 Young children's interactions with science exhibits