Posted: 15 December 2016

Go ahead, play!

We can fall into a trap of thinking that playing is ‘childish’ or ‘for kids’.

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But looking at the definition of play, it is not so clear why we allow that mindset. Play means to ‘engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.’

It doesn’t matter what it is. It could involve board games, a ball, cards, stuck-in-the-mud, hide and seek, or anything else, playing is fun by definition, with the added bonus of being great for our well-being as well.

Go ahead, play! After all, Jesus called us to be more child-like.

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Well-being and mental health

Be creative and play. Draw, paint, act. Play more. Dream. Only 7% of children and young people who learn new things for fun (like music, languages, art or drama) most days or every day have low well-being – this rises to 17% of children who never or hardly ever do so.

 

By Ben Palmer - Church team
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