Importance of Play Quotes

Importance of Play Quotes

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato

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

If animals play, this is because play is useful … ; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life. Susanna Miller

Play is the exultation of the possible.  Martin Buber

Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good. Lucia Capocchione

In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. Ovid

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. Diane Ackerman

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. Abraham Maslow

Whoever wants to understand much must play much. Gottfried Benn

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning. Fred Rogers

Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation. Stuart Brown, M.D.

People tend to forget that play is serious. David Hockney

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. Kay Redfield Jamison

Play keeps us fit physically and mentally. Stuart Brown, M.D.

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself. Lev Vygotsky

Play is training for the unexpected. Marc Bekoff

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

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

It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self. D.W. Winnicott

The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery. Erik H. Erikson

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives, can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant. Patricia G. Ramsey

As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.  Gretchen Owocki

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. Cathy Nutbrown

Play is the beginning of knowledge. Anonymous

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

It is becoming increasingly clear through research on the brain, as well as in other areas of study, that childhood needs play. Play acts as a forward feed mechanism into courageous, creative, rigorous thinking in adulthood. Tina Bruce

Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas…during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, if crude, scientific investigations. Judith Roden

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

Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs. James L. Hymes Jr.

The main characteristic of play – whether of child or adult – is not it content but its mode. Play is an approach to action, not a form of activity.  Jerome Bruner

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. Jerome Singer

Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein

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