The Play With Power Foundation promotes serious play, because childhood is too short, and it’s not fun to take ourselves too seriously.

Ben Franklin’s Famous Experiment To Capture Electricity on 10 June 1752. Public Domain via  Titanic News Channel

Ben Franklin’s Famous Experiment To Capture Electricity on 10 June 1752. Public Domain via Titanic News Channel


Our Mission

How might we overcome inaction, apathy, and irrelevance, so that kids can spend time on what matters most to them, their parents, and their universe?


“It is hard to find words to capture the fact that humans are facing the most important question in their history - whether organized life will survive in anything like the form we know - and are answer it by accelerating the race to disaster. The same goes for the other huge threat to human survival, the danger of nuclear destruction, which has been looming over our heads for seventy years and is now increasing.

It is similarly difficult to find words to capture the utterly astonishing fact that in all of the massive coverage of the electoral extravaganza, neither the impending climate change catastrophe nor the nuclear danger received more than passing mention. At least I am at a loss to find appropriate words.”



Who We Are


We are a consortium of schools, educators, and parents who share stories of how 10-year-olds solve humanity’s urgent disasters by serious play.

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Credit:  Peter Magubane , from his book 1982 book “Black Child”

Credit: Peter Magubane, from his book 1982 book “Black Child”


Our Goal

For every person to try at least once - any time within their entire childhood - to save the world. Parents who follow common sense keep their kids out of danger, whether it is the danger of playing with fire, the dangers of playing with knives, or the danger of playing with people not like them. Our world’s disasters cannot be left to the adults - the problems are still here precisely because they haven’t figured out how to find the right answer either. So, why not?



kids in the world


of them kicking ass, or so we hope


of adults giving a helping hand


Power comes in many forms - electrical, political, gravitational; yet we know nearly nothing about it, leaving it to somebody else to be experts. We have our things never to tell children, and spend our years on Earth fumbling, lost, and feeling powerless. It is mostly true that as adults, we are too busy to change the world; but our children have time… hopefully, it’s not too late.

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Get Involved

If you know a child, aged 0-100, who has a story about how they are trying to save the world, we’d love to hear about it and share it with others. There’s a little bit of a superhero in all of us.

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