#12 Play Like A Kid With LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® CreaSpaTreat
Welcome to the 12 days of Christmas countdown! This week, first published on October 2020, focused on adults + play. Enjoy this DailyFind, love from CW!
I wish I had figured out how important play was for being a healthy adult when my children were still young. Don’t get me wrong, better late than never. But still, I can’t help but wonder if I would have been a better parent, had I realized the power of play for my well being, stress reduction and overall happiness. After all, you can’t give what you don’t have.
As the short film below highlights, everyone needs to keep their creative cup filled. We cannot focus only on work or school, (even if we love those activities). Our zest for life and the joy of being in relationships with others is made possible by paying attention to that which brings us joy. As parents and elders, it is our responsibility to ensure young people are reminded of this often.
I like to think that the creators of this film, if they could have made it longer, would have shown how more people could have found their colour again. It makes me incredibly sad to think of people toiling away, being drained of their life force. Since this story was created for children, the contrast of the central characters colours against the bleakness of everyone else was probably done to underscore the difference. At least that is how I am choosing to look at it.
But what does hit home from this little film is how badly I wanted my children to do well at school, just like the parent character. I remember sitting with my son for hours and hours, with countless pieces of paper having him learn to print letters correctly. Even rows, each letter, upper and lower case. It breaks my heart to think, what a waste of time that was, as I look back now. I wish we would have known how useless that skill would be today. I finally drew the line at cursive writing. My son’s grade 4 teacher was convinced that he would learn in her class. I knew by that point, he would not.
What my children have taught me is learning can look like anything and everything. It can be fun or having fun can be a learning moment. It is a two-way street. Also, there is not a perfect curriculum that is copy/paste for everyone. We are individuals and as such we will only learn and possibly become very good at things which interest us. Penmanship was important to me, but I am not able to compose music like my son or fight social injustice like my daughter. I’ve had to rediscover my creativity as a middle-aged person where my kids have not misplaced theirs.
Lucky for us all, my husband was a stay-at-home parent for a decade and enjoyed taking our children into nature for adventures almost every day. We have countless photos of creative play where everyday objects were turned into something fantastic with just a few props. I married the right man for me and for my kids!
Maybe this is all happening as it should. I’ve certainly had to forgive myself and be comforted that I did the best I could. My son just moved out of our home, the only place he has lived for almost 19 years, and I wonder if I have done right by him. Did we help him keep his colour bright and vibrant? Or did we lose sight of the importance of creativity and play? We can only move forward with better knowledge.
What I know for sure is that play is essential for every age. Just writing that sentence makes my heart feel lighter. It brings a smile to my face. Each day I get a little closer to finishing my first LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® CreaSpaTreat. Stay-tuned for more information in the coming weeks about how you can enrol. It will be free, if you can gather some bricks from your collection at home. Otherwise, for the price of lunch at a cafe, you can acquire a small starter set.
In the meantime, enjoy a deep dive into the topic of playtime for adults!