Why Play is Important – Connecting the Dots with Leisure, by Terri Webster-Schrandt

Thank you to my friend, Colleen at her blog Silver Threading for offering me to guest post on her fabulous blog today! If you have not visited her blog, please do. Mondays are featured “Mindful Mondays.” Enjoy!

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Welcome to our second Mindful Monday post from my friend Terri Webster-Schrandt. Please check out her fabulous blog as well: Perspectives On…
Remember re-creation is “recreation.”


If you were born before 1985, do you remember play time at school during recess? We had 20-30 minutes three times a day(!) to play dodge-ball, four-square (not the app), tag, marbles, etc.

I’m reading Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure by Ruth V. Russell. It is a textbook I will be using when I teach my recreation and leisure courses next Fall.

“If unstructured play is so crucial to intellectual development, why is it disappearing?” pg. 82, Russell.

This quote should resonate strongly with parents and even grandparents who interact with children. Russell talks about how children have lost 8 hours of free, self-organized play per week! We know that schools have all but abolished play time in the form of recess, P.E…

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