Why Play is Important Play ! Play ! “lights up” ! fosters our brain ! creativity! Play is ! Play is ! Play is ! safe failure! learning ! exploring ! what I can be! by doing! Play lets us Play ! attune to teaches rules ! others !
Play for 21st Century Skills • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving • Creativity & Innovation • Communication, Collaboration, & Conﬂict Resolution • Information/Media Literacy
Play is Universal[A]ll children in all societiesappear to engage in activitiesthat would fulfill some of thecriteria of play … That is,children explore and pretendas a way of engaging with theworld. More importantly, playeverywhere is an ‘enculturing’process – that is, a meansthrough which children learnabout their cultures.(Hyder, 2005, p.21)
Understanding Play as “Glocal” Local! Locus of Play Play Play as Themes Development Pretend Play Global! Role Play Play Toy/ Instigation Play as Device- Discovery based Play Object Use Parental Co-Play Play Cessation
Play… …is neither inherently good nor bad …promotes …is voluntary social cohesion …has rules …has no (and can material consequences handle disorder) Adapted from Johan Huizinga’s (1938) Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Play in All Forms Play Structured Semi-‐Structured Un-structured (Scaﬀolded Play) Sweet Spot
Platform-Agnostic Play Construct Imagine Create Move