Tagged with creative play

The Power of Play: We Need It Now

The Power of Play: We Need It Now

When I look back at the times I’ve written about play (for example here, and here), it seems I come back to that theme when life gets hard. Life feels hard in the U.S. this week. When my parents and grandparents told me stories of World War II, I never imagined I’d see torch-bearing Nazis … Continue reading

Deep Fun: Let’s Get Playing

Deep Fun: Let’s Get Playing

While we’re considering play, let’s talk about fun. DeepFUN. Game designer Bernie DeKoven’s DeepFUN website is all about games. Here’s the way he describes it. This site is about games – not just any games – just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources … Continue reading

When Do We Play?

When Do We Play?

Play is important.  Why else would it be so consistent across the human and animal worlds? When we had kittens in our house, the two of them found the world a continual source of adventure. They stalked one another with delight, dove into our shoes just for the sake of popping back out, and chased … Continue reading

Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys, Toys, Toys

Who doesn’t wish for some new toys as summer goes on–especially if you have a few too many rainy (or unbearably hot) days? Each year the National Association for Gifted Children compiles a list of recommended new toys, focusing on toys that allow children opportunities to think and create. As you think about activities for … Continue reading