WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT TO US?


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!

Play is not a word made up of just four letters, Play has the capacity to mean so much.  

 To us, play is:

  • being active and breathing hard because we were chasing each other
  • 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
  • learning how to ask for something and if the answer is NO, deciding whether I can live with that or figuring out the different way of ask for what I want
  • forgetting that I was not feeling all that "well", perhaps even a little down,  yet when I got out with my friends, I enjoy myself
  • creating those bonds of friendship that you don't get anywhere else
  • learning how to create some crazy new challenge for us to try
  • taking that crazy challenge and figuring out how make it work because we didn't succeed the first time we tried.

These are some of the reasons why we have such a  passion for play and why we want to share it with the world.

 

In our "gotta have it now" world, where is the time for true unstructured play?   When our children say "I'm bored" how often do we give them an activity to do instead of letting them figure it out for themselves.  Maybe the question should be: have we allowed for the time for our children to be bored or have we programmed and structured every minute of their day?

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