A cherished belief among many play specialists is that play enhances the development of creativity. The fact is that the paths to play have many dead-ends, detours and debris that discourage instead of enhance the development of creativity. These conditions are numerous and often not easily visible until it is too late. The traffic engineers, road crews and patrolmen who manage the journey through play (e.g., parents, teachers, recreation leaders, therapists) must work hard to remove these roadblocks. Otherwise, play experiences will almost certainly help to make non-creative children and later adults.