August 17, 2021 Courtney Napier

How Every Child can Thrive by Five

The youngest TedTalk speaker ever is seven-year-old Molly Wright, and her speech on the power of play is a beautiful look the impact on a sense of belonging even in our earliest years. Come for the adorable faces, stay of the intertwined wisdom and joy of childlikeness.

How every child can thrive by five
by Molly Wright

“What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?” asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children’s healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She’s joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

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