How do you define play? What does it look like when you play? What do you notice when you observe children playing?

The word "play" can be a verb or noun. When we play we engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation. Many children experience play deficits in their young lives. It is necessary for adults to honor and promote play.   

My Story

My name is Marisa Macy. I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, researcher, and writer. Understanding the importance of play became apparent to me when I was working on my doctorate at the University of Oregon. It was in my early childhood intervention program where I started experimenting with various instructional and assessment practices. What I noticed is that children learn when they play. Children's daily routines and environments provide the context for play.


I wanted to create a space where parents, researchers, and practitioners could join me in making the world more playful for children. BUTTERCUP is Building Upon Things in The Environment and Routines for Children's Ubiquitous Play.