My favorite 10 quotes about play

I find solace in these quotes when I start to question what we've done lately.  I'm the first to admit we've done "nothing" this week.  My kids are taking full advantage of school vacation this week to soak up as much screen time as possible.  But I know they learn when they're playing.

Play is so important for children to learn, grow and explore their world.

My Favorite Quotes about the Importance of Play (in no particular order):

1.  "Play is the beginning of knowledge.” -George Dorsey

2.“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer

3.“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman

4. “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

5.  This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment,–when they ask, ‘What is it?’ and ‘What is it for?’
- Charlotte Mason--- I love this because it sounds just like Unschooling!

6.  “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

7.  “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” - Fred Rogers

8. Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

9.  I tied these two together into one long quote because they go together so nicely!  When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero. Fred Rogers & Play is training for the unexpected. Marc Bekoff

10.  It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play. Many functional skills like literacy and arithmetic can be learned either through play or through instruction – the issue is the amount of stress on the child. However, many coping skills like compassion, self-regulation, self-confidence, the habit of active engagement, and the motivation to learn and be literate cannot be instructed. They can only be learned through self-directed experience (i.e. play). Susan J. Oliver


  1. My favorite quote is "Imagination is more important than knowledge", by Albert Einstein. and you can't use and build imagination if you can't play. Without imagination you're mind cannot make the leaps required to accomplish great things. That's the way I look at it anyway.

    And I sympathize with the video game stuff. Oy.

  2. My kids loves to play. I wish I had lots of time to play too. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    1. I wouldn't mind having more time to play either!


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