Play is absolutely an important part of learning. Always think of Papert’s Hard Fun:
http://www.papert.org/articles/HardFun.html

Unfortunately, I often come across anxiety and negative emotional reactions to math, science and tech. Don’t find it in language arts or other subjects. Makes me wonder how teachers’ early experiences with these subjects has influenced their feelings about them. Are we inspiring our students, bringing passion and curiosity to these subjects or making learners feel they can’t?

Play is an important part of the learning process both to discover and to remove these emotional barriers to learning. We say that learning happens “entre les chaises” between the chairs. It is an uncomfortable time of growth and change. It is therefore important to support learners during this transition and give them opportunities to play and enjoy the process.

Thanks for the post!
Tom