Playvolution Library

This is a library of articles, sites and information about the importance of play and creativity in child development.

The goal of this library is to provide information and empower parents, teachers and community leaders who want to be advocates for play and nurturing creativity.

The list below is organic and evolving. Many of these articles and sites have been passed along to me by friends, colleagues and parents who are on the frontline of the playvolution. If you have notes or an article or site you’d like to add, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send them along or post in the comments below.

Vive la Playvolution!



From the New York Times: the movement to restore play. It’s given me a great deal of hope for the future and is a must read for any family.

Making A Case for Play. Researchers discuss the science of play. It’s one of the best articles we’ve seen describing the play continuum.

Why Children Need to Learn to Play

Forget Tiger Moms, there’s a new mother in town: The Polar Bear Mom.

Dr. Borba gives us a reality check: 11 not so surprising benefits of play

From inhabitots: Digital Story Telling.

How children give parents the power to change. I found this inspiring and loved the positive view of the parent/child dynamic.

Finland says The Children Must Play!

Back to basics: We all need more recess in our lives. Grown ups, that includes you too.

This is one of my favorites: The Four Secrets of Playtime that Foster Creative Kids.

Can play help close the achievement gap?

Ring those recess bells! Being active stimulates the brain and helps kids learn. It keeps us adults mentally fit too.

I don’t know if the link between daydreaming and creativity is all that surprising.
But I’m happy the experts are on it. What does this mean for our kids? They need free time just like the rest of us!

Want smart kids? Make sure they get recess! (via KaBOOM!)

“We need new minds equipped with new ways of thinking.” Teaching Kids Design Thinking So They Can Solve the World’s Biggest Problems.

“There is nothing frivolous about play.” Wired looks at the Virtues of Play.

A year of playful living: A writer spent an hour a day, for a year, playing with her kids and documented the results. Find out what she discovered.

And here’s one from Alison Gopnik: Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School. You know, sometimes I kind of think school shouldn’t be like school either.


Sir Ken Robinson
Let Children Play
Imagination Soup
Modern Parents Messy Kids
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
Brothers Trimm
World Play Date
Pancakes for Recess
Idea Splash

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