Adrian Miles put the case eloquently for treating play with due respect.
Indeed. For all the rhetoric about student based learning and the rest of it at the end of the day it largely is about providing an environment that legitimates all the best qualities of play. It is serious (play is the most serious activity we ever do), encourages risk taking, experimentation, exploration, and discovery.
June 21, 2004 http://vogmae.net.au/vlog/2004/06/from-fibreculture/ which I hereby cross-reference with Norman Brosterman Inventing Kindergarten.
And so for day 830