An interdisciplinary publication of The Strong, the American Journal of Play® is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. The Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.

Peer-Reviewed and Written for a Wide Readership

The American Journal of Play is peer-reviewed and written in a straightforward style for wide readership of educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others who consider play for a variety of reasons and from various perspectives.


The American Journal of Play provides thought-provoking content from prominent researchers, thinkers, and writers around the world. In articles, interviews, and book reviews they explore play through a variety of perspectives and lenses, including but not limited to:Anthropology

  • Child development
  • Cultural studies
  • Education
  • Folklore
  • Game studies
  • History
  • Media studies
  • Museum studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

In short, the American Journal of Play includes material that synthesizes and puts into perspective major themes of play scholarship; summarizes emerging areas of play research; presents significant new research about play; illuminates the important role of play in learning and human development throughout the life cycle; examines the interrelationship of play to other aspects of human endeavor; explicates social, cultural, educational, and public policy issues related to play; and explores cultural history through the world of play.

A Publication of The Strong

The American Journal of Play is published by The Strong, a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. The Strong is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.