How important is play to a child’s education?

FREE PLAY is essential to supporting cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
(Building Generation Play, Stanford School of Medicine, 2007)
(A Mandate for Playful Learning, Hirsh-Pasek et al., Oxford University Press, 2009)

Are our kids getting ENOUGH PLAY? 

Compared to the 1970s children now spend 50% less time in unstructured outdoor play.
(Major Changes Have Taken Place in How Children and Teens Spend Their Time, Juster et al. 2004)

Play is a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of it. (Jack Panksepp)

Work play into your teaching: