Having too much fun can give the impression that you aren’t serious. But as far as we can tell, the correlation between appearing serious and actually being good at what you do is spurious at best. Because we love our work, our minds are always in gear. Because we are having fun, we are always engaged.
In Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab’s Mitchel Resnick demonstrates how lessons from kindergarten help us develop creative thinking skills.
The rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. Throughout history, philosophers and psychologists have recognized the value and importance of play:
You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. – Plato
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw
In play, it is as though the child were trying to jump above the head of his normal behavior. – Lev Vygotsky
Play is the work of the child. – Jean Piaget
Through play, more than any other activity, children achieve mastery of the external world. – Bruno Bettelheim
Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas. – Charles Eames