Play On Player

Do you remember the saying “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” I think there’s quite a bit of truth to the proverb...

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When I say the word “play” it’s easy to conjure up connotations of running around the playground playing hopscotch, the excessive use of PVA glue (with papier-mâché),  and for me it’s what ever imaginary play scene my son Rafe is asking me enact before bedtime. 

The one thing those examples all have in common? Children. But is play for just for children? I say not, but just a cursory glance at our education system made me realise that after primary school there is no scheduled “playtime”. My mother worked in Early Years for over 15 years as well as completing her Children’s Development Degree - she used to tell me about the importance of children exploring through play and how it informs so much of their learning.

But what about us adults? Where is our play time? Granted that by the time we get to adulthood we’ve managed to navigate around the social aspects (although I still feel like I’m learning!) what value does it bring to have a form of play time? 

Well in the US , the researcher and psychiatrist Dr Stuart Brown explains that play not just as children but as adults is “deeply involved with human development and intelligence” and that keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

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Play in whatever form I believe is just and important as work.  For me it is the key to unlocking creativity. Play is the freedom to explore, and to learn at ones own pace.

What if as adults we took our playtime as seriously as our “work” time? 

Is there a perceived stigma with prioritising fun? 

I realise I’ve raised more questions than answers but I’d love to know what response these questions reveal.

In the meantime? I’m off to google to see where I can find some environmentally friendly glitter ! 

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