Reading Time: 3 minutes Why is playing so important? — Because this can make us smarter at any age! But play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. Play is essential to develop social skills and adult problem-solving skills. We are designed by nature to flourish through play. In the following TedX video, Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the US National Institute for Play, illustrates why playing is essential.