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Some adults may like to play…….

My art room looks a bit like my local art store. I admit it! I love looking at the array of beautiful markers, cool gel pens, cakes of pastels and the vibrant paints and acrylic inks in my collection. Wads of paper are ready if you choose to enter and play with my beautiful and interesting stuff!

I wonder what would happen if I invited you to step into my art room to play with me? How would YOU react?

  • Would you decline politely because you would feel overwhelmed?
  • Would you be too busy because you always have more important things to do?
  • Would you willingly accept because you are ‘good at art’ and have a great idea and want to prove it?
  • Would you admit that you don’t have a clue but would love to play with the materials?

I am reaching out to adults who never take the time to play, and I don’t mean another game on a device. When did you last play a board game or really engage with an adult or child? When did you last lose yourself in the world of play and become so absorbed that time just flew by?

Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. Play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious and between personal and professional responsibilities, there’s no time to play.

“The only kind play we honor is competitive play,” according to Bowen White, MD, and author of Why Normal Isn’t Healthy. Studies have shown that play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids. We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up. Play brings joy and it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships.