Case for Play
Taking Play Seriously”, The New York Times Magazine, February 17, 2008

Old- Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills”, NPR, February 21, 2008

Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis”, The Atlantic, May 2, 2011

3 Ways to Close the ‘Play Gap’ Between Rich and Poor Kids”, Forbes, October 24, 2014

"The Future of Play", The LEGO Foundation, 2010

"Play=Learning", Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, & Dorothy G. Singer, 2006

"Now Playing" is a soon to be two hour television special that shines the light on the vital importance of play to our well being in every area of life. 

"The Benefits of Risk in Children's Play" is a short film that stresses the idea that children's risk-taking is important for becoming comfortable and secure in the world.

Less Structured Kids
Berliner Kinder: Berlin and its Playborhood”, Placemakers.com, November 13, 2014

Kids with Less Structures Time Better Able To Meet Goals”, Colorado Arts & Science Magazine, June 18, 2014

The Overprotective Kid”, The Atlantic, April 2014
 

Adult Play
Creating A Playground for People of All Ages”, People Make Parks, Fall 2006

Why you Need to Stop Thinking You Are Too Busy to Take Breaks”, Fast Company, August 21, 2014

"Must Have Play:Wellness Playgrounds for Elders", Musthaveplay.com, 2010
 

Economic Benefits of Play
Physical Activity Facilities Have Economic as well as Health Benefits”, American Trails, March 2010

Play England; An Economic Evaluation of Provision”, Play England, September 9, 2010 

Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay”, Wall Street Journal, August, 2014
 

Examples of Playable Cities
Playable Cities: The City the Plays Together, Stays Together”, The Guardian, September 4, 2014
 

Building a Nature Playspace
"Nature Play: Nurturing Children and Strengthening Conservation Through Connections to the Land", PA Land Trust Association, February, 2015

"National Guidelines: Nature Play & Learning Spaces", Natural Learning Initiative, National Wildlife Federation, & US Forest Service, 2014

 

Position Statements
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31 (United Nations COTROTC)