WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT TO US?


Play is not just a four letter word,

Play has the capacity to change the world.  

 To us, play is:

  • being active and breathing hard because we were chasing each other
  • sitting curled up somewhere quiet absolutely lost in a good book
  • having fun even when I didn't expect to
  • learning something about myself or the people I'm playing with
  • showing children that you need to communicate in more than 140 characters and sometimes it's about what you don't say
  • catching the eye of a fellow player and laughing with your eyes
  • learning how to ask for something and if the answer is NO, deciding whether I can live with that. 
  • forgetting that I was not feeling all that "well", perhaps even a little down, but that all changed when I started to play with my friends 
  • creating bonds of friendship that you can't get anywhere else
  • learning how to invent some crazy new challenge with your friends
  • taking that crazy challenge and figuring out how make it work because we didn't succeed the first time we tried. But we kept at it!

These are some of the reasons why we have such a passion for play and why we want to share it with the world.  What is Play to you?  Share it with us


ACCEPTING friends as who they are

When you need a pick-me-up and have two minutes, this quick video reminds us that we are all different, yet we all can play together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-NKpDTwMms

 

Celebrate our differences!


FAVOURITE QUOTES


"Repetition based learn with knowledge of results". 

Dr. Dean Kriellaars

Knowledge of Results in motor learning, is feedback about the success of an action with the respect to the goal of that movement, such as when an archer sees his or her  arrow hit the target.  The only way we can become proficient at ANYTHING is to practice and then assess the results.

 

Work is not the opposite of Play,  Depression is

 Dr. Stuart Brown Contemporary American psychiatrist

 

“A child who does not Play is not a child, but the man who does not Play has lost forever the child who lived in him.”

Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet  1904–1973

 

“Those who Play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.”

Dr. Stuart Brown  Contemporary American psychiatrist

 

“The debt we owe to the Play of the imagination is incalculable.”

Carl Jung  Swiss psychoanalyst  1875–1961

 

“The Playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the Playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.”

  Erik H. Erikson  American psychoanalyst  1902–1994