Play

Is play a part of your daily rhythms? If you are a kid, this is a must! If you are an adult, you may well benefit from incorporating some play into your life. Play can be many things: board games, lego building, fort building, sand castle building, snowball fights, building, racing, climbing, crafting, exploring, etc. The possibilities are endless. Encouraging your kids to play is supporting their growth and development because kids learn through play. Playing with your kids increases your bond and enhances your relationship. Playing takes your mind off of worry and stress, renews your energy, and increases your quality of life. So go play!

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” -Charles Schaefer

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman

“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison

“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.” -Jean Piaget

“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” -Erik H. Erikson

“The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression.” Brian Sutton-Smith

“Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.” -Stuart Brown, MD