//I smiled broad and deep then chuckled out loud at the memories of children at play. Of my own times of play as a child:
The lack of concern about clothing or body being covered with dust or sweat.
The heat did not matter.
The freedom of running hard.
Children don’t know and perhaps would not care, even if an attempt is made to tell them, that play is important to their development. That it is through play that they develop their imagination, dexterity. Their physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. That they are learning to work in groups, to share, to resolve conflicts.
Play also has benefits for adults. It can relieve stress, boost creativity, and improve relationships and our connections to others. Let us give ourselves permission to play. We need regular playtime as much as children do.
I encountered this quote by George Bernard Shaw, today, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”//* Let’s play.
I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday Community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Play.”
*Content between the // were written within the 5 minute window.
Some sources of information about the benefits of play are the American Academy of Pediatrics, PsychCentral, and HelpGuide.org. The latter has several helpful suggestions for creating opportunities to play. For example, “Schedule time in a park or at the beach to throw a Frisbee or fly a kite with friends.”