I am passionate about the importance of play and today I’m sharing ten of my favourite quotes about just that. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do. This is part one of a series I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks about the importance of play, because play matters! Speaking of “play matters” I’m excited to be launching a new #playmatters community this week, together with a group of blogging friends who are equally passionate about the power of play. Read on to find out how you can get involved and play along!


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

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

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

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers

“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson

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

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

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” – Plato

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers


To celebrate the importance of play, I am joining with a wonderful group of bloggers to create a #playmatters community on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, and we are inviting YOU to join us. When you share a photo on Instagram or Twitter that highlights the importance of play, simply add the hashtag #playmatters. Easy!

To follow One Perfect Day on Instagram, search for “NessOnePerfectDay” or to view all of the #playmatters pics being shared from around the world, simply search for the hashtag #playmatters. You can also see some of my #playmatters pics on the One Perfect Day Facebook page, and there is lots more inspiration to be found on our collaborative Play Matters Pinterest board.


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