I think one of the biggest challenges with play-based learning is helping people understand what “play-based” really means. It does not mean “free-for-all.” It doesn’t mean “unstructured” and it certainly isn’t “a waste of time.” I think teachers in play-based programs will agree that the materials we put out for children to play with are intentional. Play in our classrooms always has a purpose. When we are tuned-in to what children are playing, we can help extend their learning by asking that one question or making a suggestion that they might find too irresistible to pass up. The writing, experimenting, observing and creating has meaning to them so hey, it’s IMPORTANT! Then there are those serendipitous moments when the children take their learning in a direction you just didn’t see coming and that’s nothing less than magical!