Current scientific research indicates that play offers plenty of benefits to our children. However, play isn’t just a way to keep kids happy. Plenty of play in childhood is part of raising successful adults.
Why do you play?
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato
“It is a happy talent to know how to play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It’s fun to have fun” – The Cat in the Hat
“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” – George Bernard Shaw
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game” – Michael Jordan
“I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living” – Dr. Seuss
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning” – Mr. Rogers
“In play we reveal what kind of people we are” – Ovid
“Play keeps us fit physically and mentally. Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation” – Stuart Brown, MD Founder of the Institute of Play
“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game” – Mary Poppins
Tell us why you play…
By: Janelle Novell, LMFT, RPT-S Marriage & Family Therapist / Registered Play Therapist