We all know that children need lots of free time to play, but sometimes it’s nice to hear it again. Here’s a compilation of quotes through the centuries about the importance of play…
“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.”
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
“Play is not only our creative drive; it’s a fundamental mode of learning.”
“The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.”
“Play is the beginning of knowledge.”
“Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs.”
~James L. Hymes Jr.
“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.”
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
~Kay Redfield Jamison
Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside – children have their own agendas and timescales. As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them. We need to hear their voices.
“Play is the highest form of research.”