This paper summarizes the findings of a local, unfunded study that analyzed changes in play
across generations in the Hudson Valley. Adult participants were surveyed about their childhood
play experiences to identify changes, or signs of decline of free play. The decline of free play in
the United States has been studied by other professionals to hypothesize its future impact on
children. Such research has brought about questions in regards to childhood development and
academic success with future generations. Through a short survey, the experimenter examined
changes in free play from 1924 to 2001. Changes include the setting of free play, the amount of
time allotted for free play, the amount of supervision in play, and the use of electronics in play.
The results of this study displays qualitative and quantitative evidence of changes in free play in
the Hudson Valley.