The Most Important Years of Life

Neuroscience and attachment theory. The right brain and its importance in the first years.
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Brains At Play

why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play Duck Duck Goose? We love it all. And we’re not the only ones. Dogs, cats, bears, even birds seem to like to play. What are we all doing? Is there a point to it all?
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Play, It’s Not a Waste of Time

CEO of Playworks Jill Vialet challenges us to release our inner child and remember that play matters.
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Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

What enables us to innovate, problem-solve and be happy, smart, resilient human beings? Our ability to play. We?ÇÖve all seen the happiness in the face of a child while playing in the school yard, or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing with glee across a lawn. This is the joy of play: purposeless…
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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Everybody has an interest in Education. Is Education interesting? “Creativity is as important in Education as literacy”
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On Being

A season of big, new, beautiful On Being conversations is here. Adventures into what can replenish and orient us in this wild ride of a time to be alive: biomimicry and the science of awe; spiritual contrarianism and social creativity; pause and poetry and more towards stretching into this world ahead with dignity, wisdom —…
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How Our Schools Thwart Passions

Professor Gray is a research professor at Boston College whose work focuses on the role of play in human evolution and development. His current research and writing focus primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes long-distance bicycling, kayaking, backwoods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
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The Power of Play

Why are so many people in the world burned out at what they do? I felt dead inside and had no idea how to fix it. I started to incorporate play in my life and in one mont I was back to normal.
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Play is More Than Fun

Play has got to be serious if the New York Times has featured Play. So why is this so important?
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Why Kids Need Unstructured Time

“School has become an abnormal setting for children,” says Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College. “Instead of admitting that, we say the children are abnormal.”
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Play-based learning” What is it and why is it important?

Play-based learning” What is it and why is it important?
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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. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase…
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A Uniique View of Play

Scott G. Eberle, Vice President for Interpretation at Strong National Museum of Play® in Rochester, develops exhibits on toys and play, and writes about these topics. To quote Scott, “Once we were all experts at play; as children it was our preoccupation and our main mode of learning. Play was the way we built our…
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A Unique View of Play

Behavioral Neuroscience: A hybrid professor of psychology and biology – Identification of parts of the brain that are ingaged in play using rats in case study. Professor Siviy talks tells how he looks into the brains when mammals are at play.
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Stages of Play

Overviews the types of play and behaviors that very young children move through as they grow.
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Promise of Play / 8 of 12 – Burning Man and Play

Promise of Play / 8 of 12 – Burning Man and Play
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Promise of Play / 9 of 12 – Mardi Gras as Pure Play

Promise of Play / 9 of 12 – Mardi Gras as Pure Play
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Promise of Play / 10 of 12 – Play as Therapy and as a Tradition

Promise of Play / 10 of 12 – Play as Therapy and as a Tradition
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Promise of Play / 11 of 12 – Play in the Family, Play as an Escape

Promise of Play / 11 of 12 – Play in the Family, Play as an Escape
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