The Power of Play

Curricular Links: Physical Education, Language Arts, Personal Planning

The Big Idea

Silken Laumann’s dedication and passion for rowing elevated her to become “World Champion”. Since her retirement from rowing, Silken’s passion has shifted, from the competitive world of rowing to the creative world of play. Her focus has been on finding ways of incorporating more play in children’s lives, helping kids and parents recognize the important aspects of play, and taking an active role to spread the message about “the power of play”.


  • Understand the concept of play, the benefits of play and its influence in their life
  • Invent a game that includes physical activity
  • Reflect on how to include more “play time” in their life