The name Purposeful Play is a perfect paradox. That’s why I like it! The paradox is that the very definition of play, according to play experts such as Stuart Brown is that it is purposeless. In other words we do it for its own sake – because it’s fun rather than because it’s good for us or someone told us to do it.
When we were kids we loved to play – remember? We could play all day and only stopped to eat or change the game? We didn’t have to make an effort. If we have to motivate ourselves to do it then it’s not play, it’s more like work. But as adults, most of us have forgotten this. I know I certainly had before I encountered clowning (and I still need to remind myself regularly!). So, we can be purposeful about creating space for play. That’s really at the heart of what Purposeful Play is about – providing opportunities to find your play and clown so that we can access it more easily in the everyday world. Continue reading
At Purposeful Play we’ve held some really fantastic workshops over the past year, with participants coming away with a new perspective and being that bit more playful! Here are a selection of the fliers from these events so you can learn more.