When did you last say……

‘Do you want to come out and play???’

Maybe when we were 5, 6…maybe 10 or 11…especially at this time of year when there’s conkers to collect, pumpkins to carve, bonfires to build.

Research shows though that these little kids are on to something – PLAYING – like everything else – has been shown to have real-life benefits, and not just for kids. 

Do you want to be more…creative, awake, innovative, relaxed….more able to enjoy life, to concentrate, to make decisions – well…go out and play!

Dr Stuart Brown has spent his life studying play – and all different types of play: rough & tumble (tug-of war, tig, dodgeball…), ritual (board games), body (hiking, yoga, climbing), imaginative (storytelling, acting, woodwork), object (lego, den-building, snowball fights) You can watch his TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital

So in amongst everything else you’ve got planned for half term – why don’t you – go out, find some trees to climb, a den to build, conkers to battle with…and play!

Article by: Rev Beth Rookwood. Beth is available in Sixth Form every Tuesday.