What is play? Play is the pirates we fight in our front yard with broomsticks and cardboard daggers. Play is the hiding spot in the closet where we’re certain that we’ll never be found. Play is the pink lipstick we put on our brothers.
But if play is only thought of as an activity for children then how can I argue that play is critical to the life experience of all humans? Because not only is play the method through which children learn the world, but adults use play in the same way. We shy away from calling it play, choosing instead to let psychobabble and complicated terms stand in for a very short and simple four letter word.
~ Dylan Kendall in “The Ball: Man’s Most Important Invention” on The Huffington Post
And more playful food for thought:
Playborhood, the blog, is now Playborhood, the book! Read about it (and where you can buy it) here!
“Let’s Play: Books and Creative Free Play” by Carrie St. John on Hilltown Families
“Ban homework for before third grade; support children’s play” by Bonnie Harris, The Christian Science Monitor
“Bucket List for Kids: 50 things to do before they’re 12″ by Catherine McLean, The Globe & Mail (via Free Range Kids)