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Seven+ Ways to Bring More Play to Work

Seven+ Ways to Bring More Play to Work | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Personal, Professional, Leadership & Community Transformation through Playformation
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All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed | Serious Play | Scoop.it

When children are in charge of their own play, it provides a foundation for their future mental health as older children and adults. Gray mentions five main benefits:

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:03 AM

Good article with some good justification for more play for kids and what they learn while playing.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:09 PM

The fear that something will happen is so overblown - I tend to blame the media and our expanding instant news coverage - that if it bleeds it leads, and now covers the whole world in an instant. -Lon

Kate Cicchelli's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:22 PM

Fabulous piece on the power of play and the dramatic impact the loss of time and space for play is having on our children today.  

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Don't Forget to Play!

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Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, or
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Presentation Zen: Never leave the playground: The key to a long, happy life

Presentation Zen: Never leave the playground: The key to a long, happy life | Serious Play | Scoop.it

 "We don’t stop playing because we grow old," George Bernard Shaw said. "We grow old because we stop playing." We know—but too often forget—that play is a key component of learning and creativity (it's even good for business). Play is also the key to a healty body, a healthy mind, and a long life, says Stephen Jepson, founder of Never Leave the Playground.

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Never leave the playground is great advice.

 

Stephen Jepson believes the key to never losing your balance -- or your mind -- is in the games and activities of our youth. Wait until you see his incredible playground.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Peanut Gallery - Add Your Own Words to Silent Films

Free Technology for Teachers: Peanut Gallery - Add Your Own Words to Silent Films | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Just a few minutes ago on the Official Google Blog a new Chrome experiment was released. The new experiment is called The Peanut Gallery. OnThe Peanut Gallery you can add your own words to silent film clips by simply speaking into your computer. When you speak into your computer your words are turned into text and displayed in the film clip.

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Applications for Education
The Peanut Gallery could be a fun place for students to experiment with storytelling. The silent film clips provide the visual prompts for students to fill-in with their own little stories. It's kind of like a visual Mad Libs activity.

 

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Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning

Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Can learning through play really help teachers to achieve their formal lesson goals? Catch up on all the views and insights from our live chat on learning through play
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mamascout: 25 mini-adventures in the library

mamascout: 25 mini-adventures in the library | Serious Play | Scoop.it


I wanted to share a quick list of fun things you can do at the library other than just check out books. Any of these ideas would be a great boredom buster. Just tell your kid you have an adventure in mind and embrace the mission with verve. You will have a great time!

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Playful Intentions for Serious Parents

Playful Intentions for Serious Parents | Serious Play | Scoop.it

If you want to be a playful parent and you’re not … it’s not hopeless for you.
Like starting any good habit, learning to play takes practice. That means changing a few mindsets about what play is and how we work it into our days.
It means we must set intentions and try to stick with them.

Here are some Play Resources to get you thinking.

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Playful Activities to Help Kids Learn about Feelings | PlayDrMom

Playful Activities to Help Kids Learn about Feelings | PlayDrMom | Serious Play | Scoop.it

I feel that one of my most important tasks as a play therapist (and a mom) is to help children understand, cope with, and express their feelings.  In my 13 years of working therapeutically with children I have come across a myriad of playful ways to discuss emotions with kids.  Many I have learned about in workshops, trainings, courses, and books.  This post is dedicated to sharing those ideas with you.

Here’s how I incorporate playful activities about feelings into play therapy…

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Play, Creativity, and Learning: Why Play Matters for Kids and Adults

Play, Creativity, and Learning: Why Play Matters for Kids and Adults | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn about the lifelong benefits of play, including greater creativity, happiness, and productivity.
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Playmaking for Families:  Using Drama to Help Kids and Parents Communicate

Playmaking for Families:  Using Drama to Help Kids and Parents Communicate | Serious Play | Scoop.it

"PLAYMAKING FOR FAMILIES" is a simple, family-centered activity: creating short dramatic works that can be performed in the house or yard by families or their friends and neighbors.

It's easy, it's entertaining, and it brings people together in very positive, very warm ways.

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Rachel Scott's curator insight, March 8, 2013 6:57 PM

Visual effects, lighting, sound, costume design and props are all valuable technology skills in the digital and design technology strand as well as valuable creative skills for students to “Describe how people use different information systems safely to meet personal and family communication and recreation needs”. Students use these technological skills to encourage them to design and create constructive industries which are often exhibited through drama and dance.

 

What an amazing way of allowing Year 1 students to seek past their own imaginations and design and innovate a creative drama performance in which they would design the costumes and props for and decide as a class what type of sound effects and lights they wish to use as well as adding a recording element to produce their own play. The students might also decide to advertise their production and integrate the personal and family communication needs of the curriculum by sending out invitations for the production and creating a packaging in which the invites would be sent out in. What a fun way of teaching the technology curriculum but in an active and influential way. 

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Richard Feynman, Spinning Plates and Serious Play

Richard Feynman, Spinning Plates and Serious Play | Serious Play | Scoop.it
By Think Jar Collective founder Ben Weinlick

My first introduction to Feynman came some years ago when hearing that Feynman came up with his Nobel winning Physic’s insight through watching students throw and spin plates in the cafeteria of Cornell University.

I thought it was so cool that a person could have an important insight from something as ordinary and mundane as happening to notice someone amuse themselves by throwing a plate up in the air in a school cafeteria. For me, gaining creative insights or ideas from unexpected places is what initially drew me to research creativity and eventually led to the creation of Think Jar Collective...

- Serious Play: (Serious means the play is purposeful. This doesn’t mean boring playfulness; spontaneity is part of it. Serious play means you value play as a tool for fostering creative thinking. You have fun with it all; you explore and tease the old rules too. As you’ll soon see Feynman was a master of serious play)

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Related: Developing Creativity: Creating From Childhood - "Psychologist Teresa Amabile thinks “The kernel of creativity is there in the infant: the desire and drive to explore, to find out about things, to experiment with different ways of handling things and looking at things."

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2010/06/developing-creativity-creating-from-childhood/


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Ice-Breakers | Get-To-Know-You Games | Fun Team-Building Activities

Ice-Breakers | Get-To-Know-You Games | Fun Team-Building Activities | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Ever-expaning list of great ice-breakers, get-to-know-you group games & fun team-building activities, moderated by Mark Collard, one of Australia's most qualified and experienced adventure educators.
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ADULT PLAY THERAPY

ADULT PLAY THERAPY | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Toys, and play in general, are important when it comes to growing up and learning about the world around us. The young use toys and play to discover their identity, help their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships, and practice skills they will need as adults. Adults use toys and play to form and strengthen social bonds, teach, remember and reinforce lessons from their youth, discover their identity, exercise their minds and bodies, explore relationships.

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Interesting Pinterest Board.

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Don't Forget to Play!

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Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, or that play is not good learning. This could not be farther from the truth. I think Fred Rogers put it best:

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
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About Us | The Strong

About Us | The Strong | Serious Play | Scoop.it
The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play.
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http://www.thestrong.org/about-play

Play links, quotes, book reviews, play studies...

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Run Your Family Like a Business

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A new generation of parents is taking solutions from the workplace and transferring them to the home. From accountability checklists to branding sessions, the result is a bold new blueprint for happy families, writes Bruce Feiler.
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Harnessing the Power of Play to Teach | Experiential Tools

Harnessing the Power of Play to Teach | Experiential Tools | Serious Play | Scoop.it
To be playful and serious at the same time defines the ideal mental condition.- John Dewey  

 

Play, Brain research and 21st Century

 

We learn some of our most basic life skills through play. Play contributes to the development of our most important brain function- the ability to control and modify our behavior in order to reach a goal. Adults, adolescents and children all learn and can potentially “change their brains” through play (Aamodt and Wang, 2011, Medina, 2008).

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Learn more about the benefits of a playful approach to teaching and skills building.

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MakeBelieve Arts

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"MakeBelieve Arts is a theatre and education company offering theatre and education programmes for children aged 2-15.

MakeBelieve Arts philosophy is to re-imagine learning."

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Creative approaches through storytelling, drama... Quite interesting the Helicopter technique.

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Remembering to Play - The Language of Play

Remembering to Play - The Language of Play | Serious Play | Scoop.it

 

 Work and Play are powerful words.  Combined with your energy or tone, they create a distinct impact on levels of creativity, engagement, motivation and wellbeing.


When we say Work, we often unconsciously invite an intention that is infused with limitation, heaviness and jadedness.  On some level, we expect things to be hard, boring (...) because of all the associations and feelings that come with Work (...).  However, by using the Language of Play, we become conscious and intentional about the kind of experiences we want to have, and empower others to be creative and spirited.

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Creative Educator - The Power of Play

Creative Educator - The Power of Play | Serious Play | Scoop.it

What do we mean when we speak of play? Peter Gray, professor of psychology and blogger for Psychology Today, suggests exploring the definition of play in order to better understand its fundamental roles. He identifies five characteristics of play:

 

• it is self-chosen and self-directed
• means are more important than ends
• it has structures or rules, but these may be self-defined
• it is imaginative, non-literal, and removed from “real” life
• it involves an active, alert, non-stressed frame of mind.

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Natalie Harris's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:50 AM

Play with purpose!

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I’m afraid, but I’m gonna do it anyway…UHM!

I’m afraid, but I’m gonna do it anyway…UHM! | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Hi, In my work as a facilitator of playful learning(*), I meet a lot of different people. The ones that are enthusiastic from the start and willing to try everything immediately. The ones that are ...
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How can we make people enjoy and engage in playful learning? You know leftbrain orientated people who have limiting beliefs about being playful? ;-) If you recognize this, read along.

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How to Ignite Passion in Your Students: 8 Ways Educators Can Foster Passion-based Learning

How to Ignite Passion in Your Students: 8 Ways Educators Can Foster Passion-based Learning | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Many teachers strive for that moment when they see hunger in their students’ eyes. When learning becomes a necessity, they follow passion they feel to achieve something. Einstein often talked about this thirst for learning and the power of imagination.
But what makes this possible and how is passion based learning achieved?
As educators, we can create an environment that drives passion by doing a few things...

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The thoughtLEADERS Blog

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I recently went to King’s Island amusement park with the kids. Beyond experiencing the thrill of $9 sodas and wickedawesome roller coasters, I learned a few things about professional development while I was there.

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Worldplay: One Cure for Imagination Deficit Disorder

Worldplay: One Cure for Imagination Deficit Disorder | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Too many organized activities, too much passive entertainment available on television, at the computer, or on the web, have made our children into consumers, rather than creators, of play. Unless we give our children time for inventive play now, we may injure their capacity for imaginative, creative response to adult challenges in the future. Now there’s something to worry about.

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