Play is under attack in our homes and schools as children find their recess limited to 15 minutes a day and what playtime they do receive budgeted towards adult directed and controlled activities. A child today works a sixty-hour week with little time for breaks. When you think about it; it’s a kind of 21st century form of child labor.
For that reasons, an important aspect of this year’s World Congress of Play will be to challenge the notion that play is an indulgence; a waste of time; an obstacle to becoming a successful adult. KaBOOM!, the organization that advocates for children to be given more playtime, will along with McDonalds, Playdate Planet, Playworld Systems and others make the case for the educational, mental, physical and emotional value of play in all of our lives.
It is not easy to challenge the notion that play is a waste of time. The United States is in its essence heir to the Puritan work ethic. The voices for hard work often crowd out those who argue for the value of allocating time for play. After all, Benjamin Franklin reminded us that “time is money.”
In order to provide the other side of the coin; here are some quotes I found on the value of taking the time to play.
“Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.”