Monday, February 02, 2009

Don't Skip Play Time


All work and no play can really make Jack a dull boy.

Or Jane for that matter.

The importance of play has been noted for decades. And now a recent study of 11,000 third-graders showed that even a daily short break of 15 minutes in the school day improved learning, social development and health.

Play is important for adults too. Life has become a fast-paced, demanding place for us - where work, finances and practical issues take center stage. So, go find your funny bone. Lose yourself in imaginative moments. Get your air-guitar on. Whatever it is, have some unstructured, unfettered fun.


Barros, R., Silver, E., & Stein, R. (2009). School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior PEDIATRICS, 123 (2), 431-436 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2007-2825



26 comments:

Leesa said...

The question I have is: why don't they have recess at work? (And, no, happy hour does not count!) I mean, I would have to skip skirts on recess days, but it would be totally worth it.

ellesu said...

Does playing Abba's Dancing Queen on your iPod while vacuuming count? :)

OHN said...

I have heard that some IT companies out in sunny California do have recess for their creative teams...I think it is a wonderful idea!

During my 15 minute break I chase and get chased by my dogs...it gets my blood moving again and they have a blast.

Dr. Deb said...

Leesa,
You are SO totally right!!!

Ellesu,
It counts, girlfriend. It counts!

OHN,
I love you and your puppies play time!

phd in yogurtry said...

I could use some enforced playtime, yes I could.

PTC said...

That's my life! Play away!

Jade said...

Wow...maybe I'm lucky that a huge part of my job is play. My job is also a great source of laughter...as well as stress ;-)


What do you do to play Deb? I know you're like me and enjoy a round of golf every now and then ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm too dull - I need some more play time for sure! Unfortunately, every time I think it's playtime, so does the cat. It's all about her, you know, so there goes my personal time ;)

Donna

Lisa Marie said...

Gosh this is so true! I find it crazy that we can't find 15 or 20 extra minutes in the day to allow my middle schoolers to have recess. I need it as much as they do!

Ian Lidster said...

Fun? We're allowed to have fun? I agree with Leesa, they should have recess at work.

Sarebear said...

OH yes!!! Here's some fun links, if I may . . .

collagemachine

Strange little office beings

Chainfactor

I have a slob, he's funny.

Offline play being a lot of my crafty stuff, although my two crafty blogs have been neglected. Just started organizing my stuff though so I can start getting into doing things again, because I LOVE playing with color!

Creating is fun. Going to bring my daughter into it too now that she's old enough, and have a blast.

S'onnie said...

In this day and age where work commitments often take up so much of our time I think having fun at work can make life so much better.

My work place has a team who come up with ways to have fun at work. This Friday is waitangi day and each team has to enter a person into the poi and waiata(singing)

One week we had a huge connect four game and everyone would stop work while representatives from each team played in the hopes of being the winner

its only little things but they can make work such a nicer place to bed

Awake In Rochester said...

*Throwing a snowball @Dr.Deb* ;)

Marj aka Thriver said...

Thank you so much for this post, Dr. Deb! My personal favorite is playing with my son's Guitar Hero and rockin' out!

This is timely, as I just started a discussion over at the Child Abuse Survivors ning/network on "comforting my inner child." I think play is very important for that.

Hey, could you submit this for THE BLOG CARNIVAL AGAINST CHILD ABUSE? I have a new host for the Friday edition--submissions due Wednesday (2/4) Thanks! :)

liliannattel said...

What qualifies as play? Have you noticed that men seem to find it easier to just play or is it just the people that I know?

jenji said...

European adults are big fans of adult recess...

I just cannot understand why Americans cannot learn from some of the most obvious of examples overseas what proper play time can offer both the worker, as well as the employer.

However, there are many companies in the US who embrace recess/play time, yet they seem to be limited to those in the creative field et al.

It's truly a shame.

jenji

Mary said...

Working in a school, I get 2 15min. breaks, and it really does help. take care..Mary

Wanda's Wings said...

Guess I need to play more!

Battle Weary said...

Does coloring on the therapists floor count? I should add that there is PAPER on the floor to color on! LOL

Teresa Lynne said...

I play all the time. I paint, create handmade gifts, and try and do lots of stuff to feed my soul!

Great article.

Gary R. Schor said...

I can't skip play time. Tasha (my dog) wont allow it!

Carrie said...

Recess at work - we are all onto something here! They call it siesta in Europe...

:-) More fun is definitely what the doctor should order. We need to take more vacations (the world does go on if we take a day off), laugh at or with our dogs / children, read the Sunday comics again, golf, play tennis, and wear t-shirts that make us giggle.

jumpinginpuddles said...

lol being a multiple means we seem to have lots of play time :P:P:P

Kahless said...

I dont spend enough time at play. Thanks for the reminder.

Id it is said...

Making time is a second; we have near forgotten what it means to play!

swati said...

You are very true in the messed up life schedules and the corporate world patters we have started forgetting the very motto of life i.e. living. All work and no play can really make all the Jack’s of all ages very dull boy. It is imperative that we must take time out not only at work but even at home to live our life as we always wanted to live it and not the way we are living it actually.