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Meaningful Play (children and teens): In the Classroom

Johan Huizinga, author of Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture, said, "All play means something." This guide provides resources for rediscovering the importance of play and putting play back into learning in the classroom and at home.


Games in Use

Overhead shot of kids playing with Rory's Story Cubes

This is a photo I took during a creative writing program that I did with 5th-8th graders. We used two games, Rory's Story Cubes and Once Upon a Time, as tools for creating writing prompts. In this photo the kids are rolling Rory's Story Cubes to get ideas for characters, places, and objects in their stories. You can contact me for access to the worksheets that I created for this activity.

Book Series with Lesson Plans

Non-K12 Classroom Settings