At La Maison buissonière, we believe that interaction with other people is an activity in its own right. By letting children pursue interests at their own pace, we get to know them better. Like Winnicott, we believe that unfettered play is therapy in itself. A positive attitude towards play is needed to allow children to play freely. This attitude includes the recognition that unfettered play may become disquieting for children, as it allows them to express and symbolize their inner representations. Therefore, a responsible person must be on hand when children are playing, but does not necessarily get involved in their games. Indeed, if adults get too involved, play may become less creative.

Creative play also gives children an outlet for the tension caused by sensory or relational experiences so that it is not expressed through motor-function excitement or bodily dysfunction.