What is play?
Every child plays, this is no secret, from the time they exit the womb they are finding new ways of play to amuse themselves. Unfortunately there is an age where someone stops playing and forgets how much they once enjoyed to do so. Playing is a vital part of someone’s development, it increases the understanding of self, others and the world around you and also helps with motor and communication skills. If playing has so many positives, why do people ever stop playing?
Nathalie Rodriguez, a Ryerson University academic link says that for her, play can be another word for trying. When we play, we are trying out different things that can lead to different outcomes, and when we play we discover all different kinds of possibilities. This being said, it is obviously important to our lives that we play, and we should truly never stop. Playing can help our lives in every aspect, including being able to work more efficiently. Now I’m not saying for us all to go out and buy a xylophone and ask our friends to play peek-a-boo with us, but having a hobby we enjoy to do daily is a great stress relief.
Dr. Rick Nauert, writes that a new theory about early human adaptation suggests that our ancestors capitalized on their capacities for play to enable the development of a highly cooperative way of life. Boston college developmental psychologist Peter Gray says that play and humor were not just means of adding fun to their lives, they were means of maintaining the band’s existence, means of promoting actively egalitarian attitude, intense sharing, and relative peacefulness for which hunter-gatherer are justly famous and upon which they depended for survival.
In today’s busy society we have lost the love of play, but can quickly find it. Playing is instinctive and fundamental to our existence. It is a source of calmness and relaxation, as well as being stimulating. Play helps us be more inventive and smart, while helping problem-solving abilities and mental health. All of these things are vital to us as designers.
Lila Pine, Image arts professor at Ryerson University
Nathalie Rodriquez, 3rd year media arts academic link, Ryerson University
Play time isn’t just for kids by Elizabeth Scott, M.S.
Leisure play is important for human collaboration by Dr, Rick Nauert, senior news editor
American Journal of play, Boston College developmental psychologist Peter Gray
Play, creativity, and lifelong learning : Why play matters for both kids and adults http://helpguide.org/life/creative_play_fun_games.htm