Free Play

Improvisation in Life and Art

Free Play

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

Organizing Free Play

A Program Manual and Study Guide

Organizing Free Play


Beauty, Ugliness and the Free Play of Imagination

An Approach to Kant's Aesthetics

Beauty, Ugliness and the Free Play of Imagination

This book presents a solution to the problem known in philosophical aesthetics as the paradox of ugliness, namely, how an object that is displeasing can retain our attention and be greatly appreciated. It does this by exploring and refining the most sophisticated and thoroughly worked out theoretical framework of philosophical aesthetics, Kant’s theory of taste, which was put forward in part one of the Critique of the Power of Judgment. The book explores the possibility of incorporating ugliness, a negative aesthetic concept, into the overall Kantian aesthetic picture. It addresses a debate of the last two decades over whether Kant's aesthetics should allow for a pure aesthetic judgment of ugliness. The book critically reviews the main interpretations of Kant’s central notion of the free play of imagination and understanding and offers a new interpretation of free play, one that allows for the possibility of a disharmonious state of mind and ugliness. In addition, the book also applies an interpretation of ugliness in Kant’s aesthetics to resolve certain issues that have been raised in contemporary aesthetics, namely the possibility of appreciating artistic and natural ugliness and the role of disgust in artistic representation. Offering a theoretical and practical analysis of different kinds of negative aesthetic experiences, this book will help readers acquire a better understanding of his or her own evaluative processes, which may be helpful in coping with complex aesthetic experiences. Readers will gain unique insight into how ugliness can be offensive, yet, at the same time, fascinating, interesting and captivating.

The Toddler Room: Free Play

A Day in the Life of Your Child in Day Care, a Coloring Book

The Toddler Room: Free Play

It is a new day in Miss Jodi’s day care! As soon as all the children arrive in the toddler room and put their backpacks away, Miss Jodi asks if they are ready for free play. They are all so excited! Dina and Jeffrey decide to play with the colorful blocks. Richele and Jaye busy themselves with puzzles. David practices writing his name. Miss Jodi is so happy when she sees all the children in the toddler room enjoying their free play time. The Toddler Room: “Free Play” shares how a group of toddlers play with other children in a fun and loving school setting while learning to be kind, patient, and the importance of sharing.

Wanna Play

Friendship Skills for Preschool and Elementary Grades

Wanna Play

Discover the Wanna Play Program™, a PreK–3 curriculum for helping students at risk or with developmental challenges develop the social skills they need to make friends.

Free play

13 musical landscapes : book and CD set for all instrumentalists and vocalists

Free play


The Child's Right to Play

A Global Approach

The Child's Right to Play

Focuses on the right of children to experience the benefits derived from play.

The Trouble With Play

The Trouble With Play

This book departs from some of the ideas about play that are held dear by many in early childhood education and prompts teachers to understand and implement thoughtful approaches to play in the early years, raising questions about fairness and equity.