Why is play important through the full spectrum of life?

Sarah Huxley, a child and youth-focused anthropologist, explains "play and games (with and without rules) enable us to learn about ourselves, who we want to be, and how we see ourselves in the world. Play has huge benefits for people of all ages, including how to solve problems, gain knowledge, learn to be in a group, and develop creativity and imagination. Play is what helps children to learn about how problems can be solved."

While play helps children prepare for the rest of their lives, adults are also encouraged to continue this curiousity, imagination, and exploration. Play develops skills and capacities that are required to create better alternatives to the complex and dynamic issues we face in society.

Our ability to adapt, adjust and accomodate in life is greatly increased through play. To question the status quo and transform existing social, political, and economic systems, we need to bring a playful approach to find new ways forward, collectively.

Melissa Shadforth