Inspiring Quotes About Play

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Play is so important in the life of a child. The play shouldn’t stop when they begin school. In fact, play should occur in our classrooms and within our school walls as much as possible! These inspiring quotes about play are some of my favorites and remind me of just how important play is.

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Inspiring Quotes About Play

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." - Carl Jung

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

"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning." - Diane Ackerman

“A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” – Benjamin Spock

"A child loves his play, not because it's easy, but because it's hard." - Benjamin Spock

“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori

"Play is the work of the child." - Maria Montessori

“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow

"Almost all creativity involves purposeful play." - Abraham Maslow

“Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.” – Roger Von Oech

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father." - Roger Von Oech

“Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson

"Children learn as they play. More 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

"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

Do you have a favorite quote about the importance of play? Is it mentioned here?

My favorite is the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” I think too often play ends too soon and we forget that play is a good thing and something to treasure! Children learn so much through play that we should not restrict it, but embrace it and incorporate it into our day as much as possible!

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  1. What a great selection of quotes! It’s important to remember that kids need to play not only with other kids, but also with their parents to strengthen their relationship. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you! Sometimes at the end of the day, I think that I’ve “played ” for most of the day! Teaching is challenging and so much fun (most of the time) ! Seeing a student enjoy learning and making connections is the very best day for me!

  3. I also believe that play is vital in early years. Here is another great quote – “The opposite of play isn’t work; it’s depression.” – Play theorist, Brian Sutton-Smith.

  4. I LOVE these quotes Alex! Though they are all great, my favorite out of these is “Play is the work of a child.” I already pinned that one as well! Teehee! It is so important to remember that young children need this outlet at home and at school. They learn so much through play and it is natural for them to explore life and social conventions though play. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post!
    Suzanne

    1. They do definitely need to play both and home and at school. You are right that it is natural to them to want to explore. Thanks so much for taking the time to read the quotes! 🙂

      1. What a great collection of quotes to remind us what we do what we do! One more I like from Albert Einstein is, “Play is the highest form of research.” My students inspire me with their continual discoveries!

        1. Christy,

          Love that quote! Thank you for sharing. It’s amazing how much we learn from our students every day. 🙂

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