This edition of Currents was written by Jennifer Moran with contributing editors: Harriet Cuffaro, Jane Clarke, Elise Clark, Carol Szamatowicz and Kate Turley. C&C Staff write articles, conduct workshops and teach about the subject of play - please speak with us if you would like more information about play at City and Country School.

Cited Resources

Henig Marantz, Robin. “Taking Play Seriously.” The New York Times. 17 February 2008. 29 February 2008 <>.

Paley, Vivian. A Child’s Work. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004.

“Play Science - the Patterns of Play.” The National Institute for Play. 2006. 30 July 2008 <>.

Spiegel, Alex. “Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control.” National Public Radio. 29 February 2008. 29 February 2008 <>.

Valentine, Vikki (expert quoted: Diamond, Adele). “Q&A: The Best Kind of Play for Kids.” National Public Radio. 27 February 2008. 29 February 2008 <>.

Additional Resources

David Rockwell, architect and playground designer, toured C&C, and C&C’s Director of Admissions, Elise Clark, has acted as a consultant on NYC’s recent playground projects, headed by David Rockwell. You can read more about his work in the article “A Playground Where Creativity Can Run Wild” by Javier C. Hernandez in The New York Times (July 14, 2008):

“The Serious Need for Play” by Melinda Wenner in Scientific American (January, 2009):

“The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess” by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times (February 23, 2009):

International Play Association: “IPA's world-wide network promotes the importance of play in child development, provides a vehicle for inter-disciplinary exchange and action, and brings a child perspective to policy development throughout the world.”

Alliance for Childhood: “The Alliance for Childhood promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living.”