Stuart Brown: Play is More Than Fun


A pioneer in research on play, Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.


The Decline of Play


In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction.


Recommended Resources

Race To Nowhere


Are your children/adolescents feeling the pressures and stress of school (generally speaking)? Well, there is a great documentary from a local director called, Race To Nowhere. This film shines a light on the areas of education that call for change. Children are in school for 7 hours, have extra curricular activities after, come home for dinner and then have hours of homework and studies to complete. If they don't do their studies and meet the grades, then they may not be able to participate in those extra curricular activities. All of this results into our youth, our next generation loosing their self-confidence, being emotionally and physically ill, taking drugs and cheating. They are not having the Childhood that they need. This film was made in memory to a girl named Devon who sadly passed away.


Since the film was released, while still sparse, school districts have implemented homework guidelines that restrict the amount of homework teachers assign. From observation, there has been less studying from textbooks only to more learning topics by both the text and role playing as well as other hands-on activities.


I believe you can view the film on Netflix or you can either attend screenings or even host your own at



Susan Feinbloom L.C.S.W.

E.S. Pancoast, Architect

Jude Gardner RNMSN


Creativity is a function of spontaneous joy, curiosity and effortless experimentation - that is to say, PLAY.

Much of our lives are structured with pre-set agendas - in other words effort. WHY PLAY is a comprehensive and readable volume on the undeniable value of play in our lives.


This book demonstrates the developmental, cognitive, emotional roles of play in our growth and throughout our lives. It incorporates the concepts of prominent theorists as well. Finally, many testimonials of play in peoples lives are included.


Play is an essential element in becoming fully human.


WHY PLAY is a must read for teachers, psychotherapists, parents and children of all ages.


-Susan Feinbloom L.C.S.W.

Christopher Pancoast’s Why Play? studies the broad history and diversity of early childhood educational theory and practice.  He compares the relative effectiveness of traditional classroom teaching to that of numerous more playful, open and flexible learning environments developed over the last century by educators seeking to engage a child’s natural curiosity and spontaneous creativity observed as they seek to comprehend a world full of diversity and challenge.  Excellent review of options for children of all ages.


— E.S. Pancoast, Architect

As an educator and child advocate, Chris Pancoast deftly explores the role of play in stimulating both creative problem solving and improved social relationships for children in his book: Why Play? It is a must read!


Jude Gardner RNMSN

 Family and Child Therapist






Learn what "play" really means and the importance of promoting play. This book is a valuable resource for parents, educators and anyone who is interested in the topic. It includes parent objectives and pages where the reader can jot down thoughts, ideas or what the next family activity may be.



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