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6 Harmful Effects Of Play Interruption

Play interruption yanks kids from their focused engagement and hinders learning. Research indicates that young children learn best during large blocks of uninterrupted play and exploration. Creating early learning environments with minimal interruptions is essential to support children’s self-directed learning.

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Interruptions in children’s self-directed play have negative impacts similar to those experienced by adults during focused activities. Adults busy with a task (driving, making dinner, scrolling social media, conversing with someone) can quickly grow angry and scold a child for interrupting but don’t think twice about interrupting that same child whenever they feel it’s necessary.

Interrupting a child busy at play can hinder learning

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Jeff Johnson is an early learning trainer, podcaster, and author who founded Explorations Early Learning, Playvolution HQ, and Play Haven.

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