10 further reasons about why playing is essential in children:

“It is in playing, and perhaps only in playing, that the child is free to be creative” -D.W. Winnicott

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning….They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.”  –Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” -Friedrich Frobel, “Father” of modern kindergarten

“Today’s young children are controlled by the expectations, schedules, whims, and rules of adults.  Play in the only time they can take control of their world.”  –Sheila G. Flaxman

“Playing reduces stress, improves life, and increases creativity.  Who doesn’t want that?” –Stevanne Auerbach, Dr. Toy

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”  –Leo Buscaglia, author, educator

“Play permits the child to resolve in symbolic form unsolved problems of the past and to cope directly or symbolically with present concerns. It is also his most significant tool for preparing himself for the future and its tasks.”  –Bruno Bettelheim, child psychologist

“Play can miniaturize a part of the complex world children experience, reduce it to understandable dimensions, manipulate it, and help them understand how it works.”  –Professor Jerome Singer, Yale University

“Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” –Carl Gustav Jung, psychologist, psychiatrist

“Play is the child’s main business in life; through play he learns the skills to survive and finds some pattern in the confusing world into which he was born.”  –Lee  (1977)

Surely you can see, Arne Duncan, that play is vital in children.  Set a mandatory recess policy in elementary schools nationwide.



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4 responses to “10 Quotes

  1. These quotes are very enlightening. The key here is the credibility of those speaking on the topic. Recess isn’t necessarily an on-the-surface topic, so for you to find quotes from such respectable individuals is impressive.

  2. The are incredible quotes! Great work on finding them! They all really add and further prove your topic. “It is in playing, and perhaps only in playing, that the child is free to be creative” -D.W. Winnicott, this quote is my favorite. I remember having such a wonderful imagination when I was younger. Great Topic choice!

  3. Dena Briley

    Wonderful to hear that others are equally concerned about the emotional and social benefits of “free play” to a child and the lack of it during their school day. I am an educator and a parent of two boys who are turning 8 and 3. It is through “uncontrolled and uncalculated” free play that my boys determine where they “fit in” with one another and society as a whole. Limited and adult controlled “recess” in the school setting further stresses the students by giving them the adult burden of “fearing injury”. What are we doing US? Public education is making miserable little people out of our children, our future!!! Let them be children – and see what they can learn!

  4. pencil9

    Love the quotes by D.W. Winnicott

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