What are the types of play? What are the benefits of play in child development? And why is children’s right to play important? These are some of the questions our three IKEA Play Reports – the most recent of which we created in 2017 – set out to answer.
Our research reveals that through play, we connect, create, recharge, escape and explore. It’s these five ‘play benefits’ that make play a basic human need – not a luxury. They're also why the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child underlines play as the universal right of every child.
For Let’s play!, we’ve condensed the findings from the IKEA Play Report 17 into a bite-sized, printable IKEA Mini Play Guide, not only to share what we’ve learned about play, but to include ideas for how to play in life’s most important playground: home.
“Everyone has known play, but as we grow up it can come less easily to us,” says the Mini Play Guide, which offers “a scattering of seeds with which to grow new play ideas and opportunities.”
Below are some of the ways to play that the guide covers – plus an idea for each.