For several years I’ve underestimated the importance of play.
And while I did allow my kids to enjoy in lots of play, I took myself too seriously to indulge in it myself.
Until this past summer.
What I Did Last Summer
This summer I had an amazing visit from my best friend and he inspired me in many different ways. He also confirmed a number of TED Talks and good reads I’ve had in the past few years on the importance of play.
It not only helps us become better problem solvers and refuels our creativity, but it is also a vital part of human development:
I particularly enjoyed this screencap:
When you consider how many ‘extra curricular activities’ parents are jamming into a kids schedule, the first thing to go in their life is—play.
Especially when you begin to understand how vital play has in a childs development—and I think the same can be said of adults.
For the past five months, I’ve set aside time for gaming—my favorite kind of play (link up with my Steam ID if you like). Since playing video games again, I’ve found myself getting more work done than before, more creative, and the feeling of ‘running on empty’ has gone way down.
It’s even made more playful with my kids, breaking out Catan and Carcassonne a whole lot more. 😀
Global School Play Day
On February 4th, it’s Global School Play Day. The goal is to acknowledge children’s need for play and curiosity, as it is a foundation for learning.
So encourage your kids to play—and not just on February 4th, but—everyday!
And as an adult, I recommend you do the same.