The Meaning of Play

In a way, playing is the preoccupation of every child. Playing means arbitrariness, freedom to find oneself and diversity. When children are lost in play, they voluntarily and holistically learn to actively interact with themselves and their environment. Children play in order to unfold their own interests and needs, and they thereby learn on their own. As such, playfulness sets its own rules. These rules are not imposed but chosen voluntarily. Those playing abide by these rules out of their own free will. Most of the time, they cannot change the rules, but they can choose the game they want to play.

The objective is to enable and qualify playing everywhere. The flexible transformation and updating of different forms of playing ensures the increasing, sustainable and future-proof relevance of playing. When playing, children experience themselves as active, creative and social beings. Playing is the experimental association with everything. Learning and educational processes auto-organise during play. This is what is referred to as the power of playing.