Play is really the work of childhood…

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.

Kailash Satyarthi (b. 1954)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

-Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003)

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 – 1962)

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922)

Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.

Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867)

It’s only in hindsight that you realize what indeed your childhood was really like.

Maya Lin (b. 1959)

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another. I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.

-Kate DiCamillo (b. 1964)

The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.

E. B. White (1899 – 1985)

Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)

36 thoughts on “Play is really the work of childhood…”

  1. Love these quotes so much. So much truth here.

    So true that play is serious learning. I fell in love with my husband watching him play with my au pair host kids and their neighbor’s kids – just getting down to their level and having fun. He still has that childlike heart and it truly opens others up also to laugh, explore and discover the world around them, no matter their age.

  2. Excellent quotes, all of them.
    I especially love Mr. Rogers’ quote and yes, Mr. Bachelard’s: like a forgotten fire, childhood can flare up again.
    Such a great line. And I feel that one has recurrences of this when one is raising children. At other times as well, of course, but in the presence of children one is encouraged more.
    May we never forget this joy is at our disposal always.
    >>”For where else can one find police officers, vets, office workers, princesses, karate instructors, and chefs happily working side by side?” (Quote from Bright Horizons) ??
    (Answer from Bright Horizons too): “in a dramatic play area of a classroom, of course!”
    Children role playing/learning/teaching us how.
    Thanks for sharing. Bet you can tell I love this mindset. 😃

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