What Children Learn in Play that They Can’t Learn in School (On Demand)


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60 minutes

Presented by:

Dr Peter Gray

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In this talk I will define play as activity that is (a) self-chosen and self-directed, (b) intrinsically motivated (done for its own sake), (c) structured by the players themselves, and (d) occurs at least partly in an imaginary world. I will describe how each of these qualities contributes to play’s educative power. Children acquire social, emotional, and intellectual skills in play that cannot be taught in the classroom.

What you'll learn

  1. Definition of play.
  2. What children learn in play.
  3. The harm of play deprivation.

Target audience

Parents, teachers, everyone concerned about children.

Originally broadcast on

29 January 2020


Dr Peter Gray

Featured review

Stuart Brown, MD, Founder and President of the National Institute for Play wrote, of Peter Gray’s book Free to Learn: “Gray demonstrates through science and evolutionary biology that the human species is designed to play, is built through play, and that for kids, play equals learning. Free to Learn is timely, paradigm shifting, and essential for our long-term survival as human beings.”

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