My mother was a brilliant and active person. She loved Sudoku and playing poker. She had a burst of powerful and contagious laughter that pulled you into her world. In her last year of life, she struggled with Parkinson's disease, and there were moments when her brain was not as sharp. We brought her cards to play with and puzzles to keep her active. Sometimes, she would just move the cards without any reason, and other times, you would see her sharpness return as she engaged in a game of solitaire. She would smile as she would place the cards in order. That brilliant smile reminded me of that creative person who would find ways to express her ideas and interest.
Since then, I have explored the possibility of how Loose Parts play can heal and help us adults to deal with stress and our failing memory. I find that playfulness is a state of mind that can belong to everyone. In this blog entry, I will focus on the benefits of adult play.
The Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung stated, "The small boy (himself) is still around, and possesses a creative life which I lack. But how can I make my way to it?" (Jung, 1965, p. 174). He later learned that a key to unlocking his creative potential was to engage in the constructive play he had enjoyed as a child. The same is probably true for many of us adults who want to reengage our creativity and the many childhood traits that we have left behind. Play is a holistic experience that invites our total being into the process.
Play is crucial in adulthood because it fosters adaptiveness, creativity, role rehearsal, and mind-body integration. Just like children, when adults engage in Loose Parts play, they can find that childlike center that brings happiness and joy. Play is affirming because it allows us to enter a natural, safe, and caring environment that freely explores our inner thinking and desires. The benefits of play are numerous:
Loose Parts can be incorporated as part of meetings or conferences. Allowing adults to play will enhance the conference experience and bring forth powerful opportunities to network and engage in life-changing interactions.
I leave you with a question: "How will you incorporate Loose Parts play to increase adult engagement and creativity?"
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