Project Description

Play is important to healthy brain development

Play is a means by which children develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral capacities. It is a means of creating and preserving friendships. It also provides a state of mind that, in adults as well as children, is uniquely suited for high-level reasoning, insightful problem solving, and all sorts of creative endeavors. Oh, did we mention FUN!

  • Play is self-chosen and self-directed; players are always free to quit.

  • Play is activity in which means are more valued than ends.

  • Play is guided by mental rules.

  • Play is non-literal, imaginative, marked off in some way from reality.

  • Play involves an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind.

Lev S. Vygotsky, “The Role of Play in Development,” in M. Cole, V. John-Steiner, S. Scribner, & E. Souberman (Eds.). Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes, 92-104. (1978, original essay published in 1933).