While nurturing children's rapidly developing skills, it can be difficult to align their love and excitement for learning new things with academic tasks. This summer, let your children take the lead. Listen to what they want. Allow them to create, discover, and learn through play. A considerable amount of research supports the importance of play, and it is a wonderful way to encourage creativity and a love of learning. Play is thinking, exploring, and imagining. Children who are playing are working hard – in their minds!