Child development experts have long espoused the importance of unstructured play for kids, as it is essential to the development of children’s brains and bodies. According to Dr. David Elkind, author of
The Power of Play
, “Decades of research has shown that play is crucial to physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development at all ages. This is especially true of the purest form of play: the unstructured, self-motivated, imaginative, independent kind, where children initiate their own games and even invent their own rules.” In short, play encourages learning, imagination and growth in children. And guess what? It does the same thing for adult.
Somewhere between the sandbox and the boardroom, most of us stop playing. We have jam-packed calendars to stay on time. We have CRMs to track and remind us our activities. We have strategy meetings to identify our goals and tactics. But what we don’t have is open time to just learn, create, explore and dream. And this is essential for engaging people’s brains, for re-energizing their souls, and for inspiring their hearts. In essence, play is necessary for people function at their highest level in a work environment.