The word play refers to engaging in activity and to being fully absorbed in that activity. Commonly, play is associated with infancy and childhood and is perceived as a release, something that necessitates little attention or seriousness. However most forms o f play such as structured play (games, sports) or unstructured play (imagination, creation) still utilizes a great deal of focus and usually immerses the player completely, therefore play is not only a childhood activity. Play is also a way of learning, as children play serves to teach us social skills, sharing, self discipline and tolerance for others. In the adult world we still use structured play as a method of learning, for example, we play ice breaker games to get to know other people. I believe that play bears different meanings to each individual but there is no right or wrong play, it’s an important aspect of our lives. For instance as children, unstructured play is easy, using our imagination is the activity of choice, as we get older this becomes less important but we still engage in play with sports or games, a structured form of play.
Brandel France declares; “Play teaches what can’t be learned at a desk”, perhaps play should then be further incorporated in education and work.
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5. “Play (activity)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_(activity)
6.France, Brandel, “Is Play on the Endangered List?”
7.Sutton-Smith, Brain, “The Ambiguity of Play”