Five Minute Friday: Play

Play

//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 abandon.
The lack of concern about clothing or body being covered with dust or sweat.
The heat did not matter.
The freedom of running hard.
Breathless.
Joyful.

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.”

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*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.”

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11 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Play

  1. Play is incredibly important for development. I’m reading a book about the importance of play, especially play in nature. And while the book is focused on children playing, I agree with you that we all need to take time to play.

  2. My default setting is work mode. I have a sense of needing to get everything done before I can rest or do something fun. Yours is now the third or fourth post I’ve read on this topic in the last two days, reminding me to run through sprinklers and play with bubbles. I think God is trying to tell me something. 🙂

  3. I love that George Bernard Shaw quote at the end! Yes, memories of playing as a child… Ahhh… So sweet, aren’t they? Your words capture it perfectly:

    “The abandon.
    The lack of concern about clothing or body being covered with dust or sweat.
    The heat did not matter.
    The freedom of running hard.
    Breathless.
    Joyful.”

    – Ruth (From FMF #71)

  4. Such good points here. And I love the quote: that we grow old because we don’t play, and not the reverse. That playfulness is so important throughout life, but we so often build up a layer of inhibitions and ego that keep us from that joyful abandonment we had as kids. Maybe play is part of becoming like little children as Jesus said.

    Jeannie (#80 in FMF this week)

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