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Why playing matters for kids

The games may have changed over time, but childhood is still all about fun

April 11, 2010
by KATIE ANDERSON
The Courier-News

Whether it comes in the form of a game of kickball at recess or make-believe in the backyard at home, play matters. The happy staple of childhood is more than fun, experts say. Play is a crucial part of growing into a healthy adult.

"Children have to communicate effectively with one another in order to play together," explains Jack Cronin, a veteran physical education teacher in District 300.

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