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Meaningful Play (children and teens): Play Organizations

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.

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ChiTAG organizes an annual fair during their Chicago Toy & Game Week in November, which features new and upcoming toys and games, as well as local play-related performers. Part of this initiative includes the Young Inventor's Challenge (YIC) where kids and teens are encouraged to design and create prototypes for their toy and game ideas and submit them for judging and feedback. As part of the YIC, kids and teens explore a multitude of STEAM topics and can receive mentorship from professionals in the industry. They also have a Play in Education conference track for educators at the fair each year.

"The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. The Strong's multifaceted array of research, exhibits, and other interpretive and educational activities serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe."