We don’t define play. But we do have a phrase that we use to help us identify what is play. And that phrase is that: Play is a set of behaviors that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. And we use that as a touchstone for testing out whether we’ve provided a rich play environment for children.
– Penny Wilson, Alliance for Childhood
What might that definition of play, “behaviors…freely chosen, personally directed, and intrinsically motivated,” mean for our artistic experiences? For our teaching? For learning through the arts, stories, and games?