I attended a meeting two weeks ago, and one of the topics was play versus academics in the early education environment. We were asked to to stand to either side of the room with the headings being “Just Let Me Play” and “Academic Common Core Ready.” I know that children lern through play and preschool students engage their whole body in play to understand the world around them. The concern with that is children do not get outside to play like they did years ago creating fun with their environment. This article brings to light what research states about threats to preschool play. During the meeting, I chose to stand next to “Academic Common Core Ready,” because I believe you can balance the two by merging them together. If play is planned with intentionality, students will learn academically through fun filled activities.