Play is the universal language of children and an essential part of what makes us human. Without play, vital interactions are lost and thought processes are hindered.
Play helps children to build relationships and gives them a safe space to work through feelings and emotions. It helps them to make plans, find solutions, to ease anxieties and to interact with friends and family in a way that they might not feel able to in the ‘real world.’
Even as adults play is essential to our thought processing and relationship building. We play with ideas until we find the way forward, we go out with our friends and have some ‘down time’ and as parents and care givers we use play to bond with and interact with our children.
Play is especially important for children who are experiencing long term illness, trauma, loss or life changes and their families. Play between family members, whether it be a parent and child, siblings, grand parents and children, or others, helps to build stronger relationships and offers the opportunity for better communication and understanding.
Play enables a child who is unwell to be free of their worries and illness for a time, it removes the medical aspect of the relationship between them and whoever they are playing with, and it gives them back a little bit of their childhood.
Boost communication and understanding
Allow space for laughter and fun
Allow space for tears and frustrations
Remind us all of who we really are
Therefore play is the very essence of all of the work we do here at The Play Well Trust.