Definition of Play:
activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation rather than any serious or practical purpose.
There are many different types of play. It can be spontaneous or planned. It can be structured (sports) or unstructured (imaginative play). It can be relaxed or more active.
Often times play is overlooked as being less important than school, or going to work. It's an activity that occurs if there's any extra time in the day. It's not looked at as a priority. The definition of play even implies that it lacks purpose. The way we look at play needs to change.
There are many serious and practical purposes of play. It is vital to a child's emotional and social development. It is even vital for an adult.
Let's take a look at the benefits of play!
1. Improves Mood
2. Reduces Stress
3. Better Sleep
4. Increases Ability to Solve Problems
5. Improves Focus and Productivity
5. Enhances Social Skills
6. Increases Connection to Others
7. Releases Emotions and Processes Trauma
As you can see, all of the benefits of play not only relate to children but to adults as well. Next time you think of all the reasons why you or your child should be working, think of all the reasons why you should take a break and PLAY!