Play - at least the kind that builds brains and forwards development - is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most. This course is a must for all parents, day-care providers, and early childhood educators. Participants will learn why children need to play and what they need for true play to result. This session begins by getting to the essence of what play is and by differentiating it from other activities - even those that often are called ‘play’. Included in this session is an overview of the role of play in development, including its effect on brain growth and functioning. The implications for how we interact, teach, and discipline young children are explored. Suggestions are provided for when to introduce the idea of consequences and outcomes as well as the construct of ‘work’.