Play Is

Play is love is play is love
Love is play is love is play

I’ve been reading, thinking, doing more about play over the last couple of years. With three 5 and unders in the house, we have abundant opportunity to immerse ourselves in this imaginative and boisterous world.

I have no formal education in the fields of health, psychology, or physical education, disciplines which touch on correlations between well-being and play. Like many parents, my connections with play are visceral – intuitive understanding at the gut level, physical engagement and abandon.

Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that our capacity to play is built on our experiences of moments of spontaneous playfulness. Cumulatively, these moments create a fertile ground where play can take root and flourish.

Of course, I have no scientific evidence to base this on other than smiles, laughter and happy faces. It’s more of a feeling. What I can offer into the evidentiary record is one short poem on spontaneous play.

pinkies plus eight

i kiss exquisite toes
lingering wriggles on my lips
ten perfectly sugared
piggies
dancing on their tips

i taste delicious toes
watering morsels in my mouth
ten fragrant smiling
petals
blossoming down south

i dream laughing toes
tickling twinkles in my eyes
ten warm happy babies
for our nellie-rose surprise

Happy play moments.

Photos – Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, High Park, Toronto, Canada

2 responses to “Play Is

  1. What a lovely, loving insight to share.

    As an independent observer, I would like to add my equally unsubstantiated conclusion that our capacity to play is built on moments of spontaneous playfulness. And elaborate further by noting that the value of things like games and playgrounds can also be calculated in terms of how frequently they give rise to those very spontaneously playful moments of which we speak so lovingly.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words. It can be easy to lose sight of play in the busy worlds we inhabit but making a commitment to be open to playfulness is a great gift to our children and all those around us. Play gives us perspective.

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