Unstructured Play and Its Importance

Yesterday was Labor Day.  Our family spent about four hours in the park where we just sat and did nothing.  The kids roamed about. At times they played together on the play structures, and other times they played by themselves.  I felt a twinge of guilt that I had not planned an activity for the day, or a play-date or someplace “special” to visit.

I think the internet read my mind as this post from Matt Damon’s mother, “How to Raise a Grounded, Creative Child,” popped up on one of my social media feeds.

It’s nice to be reminded: When kids play, they thrive.  Kinda cool huh?


Teresa Ong is an educator, mother of three, and board member of PlayThrive.

Photo Credit: Mindaugas Danys under a CC license

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