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The Most Quotable Quotes about Play & Learning

The Most Quotable Quotes about Play & Learning

I have always loved quotes so it seemed like a natural progression putting together the most quotable quotes about play and learning. When I was much younger and an avid reader .... or rather I had the time and space to be an avid reader. I would dive into the world of words and collect quotes that reminded me of characters I'd loved or wisdom that I felt would guide me in life. 

This love of quotes continues and I felt that I should make this part of my business here at Sticks & Stones Education. I love being creative and I love words, so what better way than to share them with you via a blog post!? So this led to the most quotable quotes about play and learning that I can share with you. 

As I create quote cards to share with you in my monthly love (news) letters, Facebook and Instagram, I thought I would pop there here on the website in their own blog. So keep checking back regularly as we could end up with a killer quotable quote blog post. Enjoy!


"For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play."
= Penelope Leach =

"If we want our kids to have happy, productive lives, we must allow more time for play, not less."
= Peter Grey =

"When we deny children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world."
= Erika Christakis =

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning."

= Fred Rogers =

The Most Quotable Quotes about Play & Learning to use in your documentation, displays, newsletters or your early learning service's social media posts. 

"Risky play is really important for kids all kids because it teaches hazard assessment, it teaches delayed gratification, it teaches resilience the teachers confidence when kids get outside and practice bravery they learned valuable life lessons."
= Caroline Paul =


"Time spent playing with children is never time wasted."
= Don Lantero =


"Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs."
= James Hines Jr. =


"You can learn more about a child in one hour of play than you can in one year of conversation."
= Plato =


"Play is foundational for bonding relationships and fostering tolerance. It’s where we learn to trust and where we learn about the rules of gameplay; it increases creativity and resilience, and it’s all about the generation of diversity of interactions, diversity of behaviors, diversity of connections."
= Isabel Behncke =


"Play turns out to be stunningly essential in childhood it’s like love sunshine and broccoli all juiced together."
= Lenore Skenazy =


"It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives."
= Fred Rogers =


"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning."

= Fred Rogers =

play is the brain's favourite way of learning - quote by diane ackerman  

"Play is our brain's favourite way of learning."

= Diane Ackerman =


quote about the value of a moment


"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." 

= Dr. Seuss =


"Children have always learned and created places for themselves through play."

= Donna R. Barnes =


Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.

= Kay Redfield Jamison =

Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.

= Friedrich Froebel =

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."

= O. Fred Donaldson =


"The drive to play freely is a basic biological drive. Lack of free play may not kill the physical body as with lack of air, food, or water, but it kills the spirit and stunts mental growth."
= Peter Grey =


You can’t use up creativity; the more you use, the more you have.
= Maya Angelou =

learning through play

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct."
= Carl Jung =
 "When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero."
= Fred Rogers =
"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
= Roger von Oech =
"Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self-expression, and constructive problem-solving. It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful."
= Susan Linn =
"Play matters because people matter. It reminds us of our interdependence and gives us a chance to really see other people and, in turn, to be really and truly seen."
= Jill Violet =
"Play is not frivolous. It is not something to fit in after completing all the important stuff.  Play the important stuff. Play is a drive, a need, a brain building must-do”
= Denita Dinger =
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
= John Dewey =
"If we want our kids to have happy, productive, moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less."
= Peter Gray =
Play is training for the unexpected.
= Mark Beckoff =
The world of pretend play is one in which children can be free to express themselves, their ideas, their emotions, and their fantastic visions of themselves, of other people, and of the world.
=Sandra Russ =
"Children learn through doing – play is how they explore their world, learn how to assess risk, try things out and get to know themselves."
= Bethe Almeras = 
"Play is the primary way children were designed to learn.
= Kathy Hersh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff =


"Play is foundational for bonding relationships and fostering tolerance. It’s where we learn to trust and where we learn about the rules of the game. Play increases creativity and resilience, and it’s all about the generation of diversity—diversity of interactions, diversity of behaviors, diversity of connections.
= Isabel Behncke =
Through observing children at play, we recognize what their worries, concerns, and fantasies are. We learn about their basic needs, their feelings of love and anger, their rivalries and fears of failure, their secret wishes, and desires.
= Jerome Singer =
Free play gives children an outlet to express their emotions and feelings and helps them develop a sense of who they are.
= Joan Santer and Carol Griffith =
In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
= Lev Vygotsky =
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
= Pablo Picasso =
 For a child, it is in the simplicity of play that the complexity of life is sorted, like puzzle pieces joined together to make sense of the world.
= L.R. Knost =
"Life is more fun if you play games."
= Roald Dahl = 
Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined we would have to defend children’s right to play.
= Nancy Carlsson-Paige =
 Let them play! The more they play, the more resilient and socially adept they will become.
= Jessica Joelle Alexander =
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play.
= Leo F. Buscaglia = 
Toys are the tools of childhood, and the simple act of playing allows kids to develop a lifelong love of learning.
= Mark Carson =
"It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives."
 = Fred Rogers =
"Play is the foundation of learning, creativity, self-expression, and constructive problem-solving. It’s how children wrestle with life to make it meaningful. ”
= Susan Linn = 
"Risky play is really important for kids—all kids—because it teaches hazard assessment, it teaches delayed gratification, it teaches resilience, it teaches confidence. When kids get outside and practice bravery, they learn valuable life lessons.
= Caroline Paul =


The Best Nature Quotes that Inspire Reflection 

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. - Gary Snyder

We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the Earth we share. - Maya Angelou

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. –Alice Walker

6. We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. —Native American proverb

Leave the road, take the trails. —Pythagoras

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. —Galileo Galilei

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise. —James Russell Lowell

Nature is loved by what is best in us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time. —Katrina Mayer

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. —John Ruskin

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. —D. H. Lawrence

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. —Rainer Maria Rilke

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. —Walt Whitman

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. —E. E. Cummings

Some of nature’s most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake. —Rachel Carson
Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. —Hans Christian Andersen

The beauty of the natural world lies in the details. —Natalie Angier

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. —Gerard De Nerval

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. —John Lubbock

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. - Steve Maraboli

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. - Henry David Thoreau

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. - Aristotle

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything bett
er. - Albert Einstein

Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships. - Zora Neale Hurston

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. Theodore Roethke

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted like trees. Rainer Maria Rilke

The Best Quotes about Gratitude and Wellbeing to Inspire Reflection 

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. - Randy Pausch

Be present in all things and thankful for all things. - Maya Angelou

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. - Germany Kent

Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” - Seth Godin

Beliefs that are good promote your potential and enhance your unique special qualities. Deborah Day

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiel

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” —Alphonse Karr

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” – Eileen Caddy

The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life now is the true prosperity.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care and sleep. - Akiroq Brost

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”— Lao-Tze

Surround yourself with the dreamers, and the doers, the believers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
– Edmund Lee

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