Play is most commonly associated with an activity that involves enjoyment or pleasure. Play is also a mindset which involves voluntarily and intrinsically motivated activities.
Play can change throughout life as children get older. Babies and young children play with toys designed for them and use them to develope skills such as their physical and cognitive skills. Play also develops their interaction and creativity skills. Playing is a learning experience. It is an essential part of a child’s life. The child however may not realize this because playing for them is an enjoyable and fun experience.
As we get older our view on play changes. We become more aware about the positive effects of playing and our activities change. These activities become more of a way to decompress and relieve stress. For children, play is very simple but as we get older, our view of what is play expands and becomes more difficult to give an exact definition.
For me, play is something that I do to relax and relieve stress. It can be almost anything. It is doing what I find enjoyable that allows me to escape from the pressure and stress of life. Play has no objective or end. It is being involved in the moment and focusing on the fun activity that you are doing.
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