MIYFS Foundation presents a Facebook Live event “The Importance of Play”

Importance of Play

Tuesday December 12, 2017, 7:00 pm

The Social and Emotional Learning Task Force, part of Youth and Family Services’ Healthy Youth Initiative, will be conducting a FaceBook Live event for parents and educators of young children titled ‘The Importance of Play’.  To watch this event, simply friend and follow the Facebook page Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Foundation.

Local pediatrician, Danette Glassey, will moderate panel questions to Judy Whitmer, Instructor at the Bellevue College Learning Lab and Linda Ernst, Children’s Librarian for the King County Library System. These Child Development professionals will address the importance of play to a developing child’s brain and the appropriate role parents and adults can play in facilitating (or staying out of the way of) this process.

Panelist questions asked will focus on:

  • What is play?
  • Why play?
  • What is the adult’s role in play? It’s easier than you think…
  • What are the barriers that prevent children from playing?
  • Tips for how parents get started? 0-2 year olds, 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds

Questions and Answers will be taken via telephone from audience members at the end of the panel discussion.

Join us next Tuesday the 12th at 7:00 or watch the video at another time from the Facebook page.



Resource list

Print Resources available through King County Library System:

  • Boyarshinov, Amanda.  100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids: teach reading, writing, math and more with fun activities.  Page Street Publishing, 2016.
  • Brown, Stuart.   Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Penguin, 2009.
  • Elkind, David.  The Power of Play: How spontaneous, imaginative Activities lead to happier, healthier Children. DaCapo Lifelong Books, 2007.
  • Gray, Peter. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-reliant, and Better Students for Life. Basic Books, 2013.
  • Hansom, Angela. Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2016.
  • Hirsh-Pasek, Kathu, and Roberta M. Golinkoff, with Diane Eyer. Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How our children really learn- and why they need to play more and memorize less. Emmaus, 2003.
  • Johnson, Jeff. Babies in the Rain: Promoting play, exploration and discovery with infants and toddlers.  Redleaf Press, 2010.
  • Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008.
  • Silberg, Jackie. 125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos. Gryphon House, 2012. (author has other age groups as well).

Electronic resources



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