The Importance of Play

International Games Week happens November 3-9, all around the world people will be participating in the creative and imaginative process of play.

It’s easy to think of the concept of play as something that comes naturally to kids but that we grow out of, somewhat regrettably, as we get older. Maybe it comes back into our lives as we have children of our own and engage with them on this level again, perhaps even at a library Storytime. The fact remains that many adults don’t see ‘play’ as an important part of their lives. This is a big, even tragic, mistake.

There is a ton of research to suggest that play is good for our health, fosters innovation, learning, courage, resilience and helps us create social connections. Games and play allow us to experiment with different ways of being, compel us to be creative and to put ourselves in others’ shoes (what move are they going to make?). These instincts, explored in a safe way through the game, can carry over into our everyday lives to create the benefits listed above.

Play can happen while following the rules of a board game or exploring the immersive world of a video game, but it can also be unstructured, when you create a game on the spot with a child or simply throwing a ball to a dog. Play should not necessarily be associated with frivolity - there are serious ways to play - nor is it the opposite of work, and some would argue the best kind of work is playful.

Of the many ways to engage in play, at least some of them can be found in the library, and during International Games Week there are multiple opportunities!

Game Play at Diamond Valley Library, Sunday 3 November

Libraries After Dark at Mill Park Library, Thursday 7 November

Family Fun Night at Ivanhoe Library, Thursday 7 November

And the fun and games continue at the library, keep an eye out for our events year-round that create opportunities for creative expression and social interaction through play!

To learn more on how games and play enhance our human capacity, please see the work of Phillip Minchin and the book list below!

            Serious Fun

List created by pjovaras

Games and play allow us to experiment with different ways of being, compel us to be creative and to put ourselves in others’ shoes. These instincts, explored in a safe way through the game, can carry over into our everyday lives to create many benefits.













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