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Time to Play: U.S. Report

A Study on Children's Free Time: How It Is Spent, Prioritized and Valued

How often do children hear: "Can you find something to do for the next hour?" or "How about making something with these art supplies?"

Powerful learning can happen when children are given the chance to come up with their own way to occupy a rainy day, to invent a game or to fill a blank page with their ideas.

But in today's heavily scheduled, digital world, are children engaging in child-led, unstructured play? And do parents recognize how child-led play benefits their child's development?

To discover the answers, global toy company Melissa & Doug partnered with Gallup on a nationwide study of U.S. parents of children 10 and younger.

Download File Gallup_and_Melissa_Doug_Time_to_Play_2017_Report.PDF (5.62 MB)

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