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All three are valid. The first two use the gerund playing to allow us to use the verb play as we would a noun. The last uses the noun play. While clearly the noun play is related to the verb play, they are quite separate uses. A telling contrast is if we were talking about people enjoying eating food; we would be picking between "enjoy eating" and "enjoy ...


Grammatically, they are all correct. But in terms of frequent usage, your second one is most common (at least in parenting social groups in December of 2014) (personal communication, 2014). It depends on who your listening "audience" is, I guess. But, as above, your # 2 is "best" to answer your question if you are just chatting with other English-speaking ...

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