Why Kids and Adults Benefit From Play Time

The Toledo Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Play Time, is challenging perceptions of play and encouraging kids of all ages to experience its benefits.

The exhibit, open through Sept. 6, features a large, handmade crocheted textile sculpture called Harmonic Motion, which doubles as an artistic playground. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to climb, swing and interact with the piece.

Stacy Harr, MD, a pediatrician with ProMedica Physicians, says it’s playful movement like this that can make an impact on a child’s development and overall health.

“Habits that [children] start when they are little can affect them when they’re older,” she explains, emphasizing the impact of movement in reducing risk for obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Dr. Harr also says that play creates an opportunity for social development. Children learn to take turns, play with others and develop important problem solving skills. And, when parents join in the fun, children are also able to enjoy memorable bonding experiences.

Watch the video below to see Harmonic Motion in action, learn more from Dr. Harr and see how one father enjoys the benefits of play time with his children.

Is fun a necessity? Play Time, a summer exhibit at the Toledo Art Museum explores the concept of play through interactive exhibits for adults and children. ProMedica is a proud sponsor of the exhibition, which runs now through September 6, 2015. Come discover the power of play, or learn how to reconnect with your inner-child. For more information, visit http://playtime.toledomuseum.org/.

*Photo of Harmonic Motion, courtesy of The Toledo Museum of Art.