Evidence that Free Play is Critical to Youth Mental Health

Evidence that Free Play is Critical to Youth Mental Health   Gray P, Lancy D, Bjorklund D. (2023) Decline in Independent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental Wellbeing: Summary of the Evidence. Journal of Pediatrics. Vol. 260, pp 1-8, Sept. 2023. – Presents multiple lines of evidence for the thesis that a […]

Our History

Our History Dr. Stuart Brown founded the National Institute for Play to expand the scientific study of play and help people apply that science to daily life. We want everyone to understand and embrace the importance of this long-misunderstood biological imperative so they can build healthier, happier lives. Origins (1960s–1970s) In 1966, Dr. Stuart Brown […]

Library Overview

Library of Play Research into play behaviors has expanded dramatically over the last decade producing a wealth of scientific literature.   NIFP has invested hundreds of hours choosing and cataloging play- research articles, books and videos. This free library contributes to our mission to promote and share the science of play. Books We have cataloged over […]

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