vii XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Contents Foreword xi Acknowledgments xv Introduction 1 What Can Teachers Do? 3 Chapter 1 What’s So Important about Play? 5 Not Just Any Play 7 Teachers Are the Key 8 Recognizing Three Levels of Children’s Play 11 Chapter 2 Putting Theory into Practice 13 A Hierarchy of Needs and Play 13 New Information, New Solutions 15 Imagination, Roles, and Rules 17 Chaotic, Out-of-Control Play 18 Simplistic and Repetitive Play 20 Productive, High-Level Play 24 Optimal Flow 26