PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain,
Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
by Stuart Brown
Dr. Stuart Brown’s book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul backs up with data and research everything I’ve come to know and have experienced in my 50+ years of being an elementary educator, homeschooling mom, and all around joyfully playful creative human being at every age and stage of my life.
Play is . . .
- Play is required, on par with eating + sleeping + breathing, for the health and well being of our families, communities, and the world at large.
- Play is the gateway for all of us to access our creativity and provides the catalyst for gathering all that we need on our life learning journey.
- Play is where innovation comes from and has been the platform from which so many unique and very much needed ideas are launched into the world. (example: see story of Velcro)
- Play is always an opportunity to express your most authentic self whether playing alone or together with other folks.
- Play is engaging with books, movies, the arts, sports, games, hobbies, work you love or getting a job done more joyfully, day-dreaming, music, etc. What would your life look like without these? Yikes!
- Play is like oxygen. So be sure to <Breathe in> and <Breathe out> mindfully and regularly!
- P.L.A.Y. + Pass it on!!!
In our Western culture where play is often written off as extra or frivolous it is helpful to be reminded of just how necessary it is for our human survival and thriving. If you’d like to see more of the data to support these ideas please take a moment to read Dr. Brown’s book. It is a game changer!
Play and Learning Go Hand-in-Hand at ALL Ages + Stages
A truer statement could not be spoken. This is at the heart of it ALL. ❤
This is also the very premise on which P.L.A.Y. – Passionate Learning All Year is based.
As the adult you are now, or even better when you were a child, can you think of any situation in which there isn’t an opportunity for growth and learning? Not a chance.
Every day we have the opportunity to learn and expand what we know, how we know it, getting it into our bones, digging deeper, and playing with ideas to fully engage with the human experience.
Laura Grace Weldon says on page 1 in Chapter 1 of her excellent resource guide titled Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything –
“And, of course, children play. Play is generative, transforming the ordinary into something unique. It also imparts advanced social skills and a creative approach to life.”
And if you combine that with the work of Dr. Stuart Brown you will realize that kiddos AND adults have been playing, learning, and working side-by-side with each other in their families and communities since the beginning of time. Folks of all ages engaging together, indoors and out, naturally modeling for each other the skills they need to survive and thrive.
Work and play go hand-in-hand, at every age and stage of our lives, and now more than ever with the mindful and beneficial use of technology we can create lives that match our natural rhythms and earn a livelihood that allows us to be inspired and engaged daily. We can pursue our passions, play along the way, and share our hard work with the world naturally learning throughout the journey.
In other words, for kiddos and adults, both Stuart Brown’s and Laura Weldon’s books give you permission to embrace your authentic selves, play daily which gives you the space and grace to let your natural talents shine through, and bring these gifts forward to be of service throughout your lifetime.
AND if you can weave connecting to and engaging with nature into all of this work and play it will benefit you, your loved ones, and the planet ten fold. Your authentic Work + P.L.A.Y. + Nature is a recipe for a full-filling life sharing your true gifts.
Sounds like pure genius right? That is what Laura call’s using one’s gifts – true genius.
So, what are you waiting for?
Time to experience P.L.A.Y. in action by picking up your copy of Stuart Brown’s PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul and putting it into practice today.
And while you are at it take a peek at Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Weldon (spoiler alert – it isn’t just for homeschoolers – all Life Learners are welcome!).
You and your family will be ever so glad you did. ❤
Sending Smiles ~ Karen 🙂