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Playtime: Good, Simple Fun

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Play is the work of children.” A version of that quote is attributed to a number of people including noted educator Maria Montessori, and we couldn’t agree more. (We would add that play is just as important for grown-ups.) Everyone needs open, unstructured time to get creative, follow a train of thought, run off energy, and extend his or her imagination beyond the distance of a computer screen or to-do list. We all deserve the freedom of no agenda every now and then.

But we also realize that the prospect of long stretches of empty time (especially with little kids) can be daunting. If left to their own devices, will ...

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