Unstructured play is the opposite of 'quality time', which implies industry, planning, scheduling and purpose. Unstructured play is digging for worms in the garden, messing about with toys ien the bedroom, building castles with Lego, horsing around with other kids in the playground or just gazing out the window. It is about exploring the world, and your own reaction to it, at your own speed. To an adult used to making every second count, unstructured play looks like wasted time. And our reflec is to fill up those 'empty' slots in the diary with entertaining and enriching activities.