What is Play?
Many articles and books about play seldom provide a stringent definition, as what constitutes play for one person might not be identical for another. A definition put forth by Johan Huizinga, loosely translated, is as follows: "Play is a voluntary activity that occurs entirely consciously outside of 'ordinary life', characterized by being 'not serious', yet simultaneously captivating the player fully and intensely." Play frequently unfolds within set limits of time and space, adhering to mutually agreed-upon rules by the participants. The act of playing contributes to the growth of social interaction.