Play’s the Thing

Shakespeare wasn’t very far off when he had Hamlet announce that the play’s the thing.

Play is a fundamental necessity for healthy brain development and emotional and psychologically well-being. In fact, playfulness is the number one indicator of emotional and psychological well-being.

To see how play benefits home-based education, check out my course on Home Education: Rest, Play, Learn.

To learn about the benefits of play in child development and maturation, consider Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s course on Play 101: a primer for parents, teachers, and therapists. Check out this little taste of his ideas here.

Otherwise, peruse my little library of information that looks at the importance of play in our lives.


Time Magazine: The Secret Power of Play (September 2017)

Time Magazine: Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read (June 2017)

Quartz News: If you want your kid to get a good job, let them play more (February 2018)

Harvard University: Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains (August 2011)

Washington Post: Why it’s good for grown-ups to go play (May, 2017)

Medium Media: What’s happening inside your kids’ brain while they play? These rat craniums give us clues (August 2016)

NPREd: Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain (August 2014)

Scholarpedia: Rough and Tumble Play (2012)


The Playful Brain: Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience by Sergio Pellis and Vivien Pellis (2010)


TED: Play is more than just fun (2008)

TedX: The decline of play by Peter Gray (2014)

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