PLAY Film Festival
- The Yes Men
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns
- Do some improv with your friends or family – See
- Make the sidewalk in front of your house or a hallway where you live a “Silly Walks Zone” – see here
- Play a game of Calvinball. See
PLAYful Things Online
- Why it’s Good for Grown-ups to Go Play (essay, WAPO)
- The Opposite of Play by Hilde Van Dyck (essay) Hint: The opposite of play is not work!
- The Importance of Play by Mary Anne Radmacher (essay, UTNE Reader)
- The Ministry of Silly Walks by Monty Python (video)
- The History of Sketch Comedy, Keegan-Michael Key (podcast)
- Stuart Brown on Play, Spirit, and Character, (On Being podcast)
- Fun Theory! (YouTube video)
- Seesaws Across the Border
- Caine’s Arcade
- Playfully Singing on the Way to Work
- Putting down work to play in puddles
- Playing with Stop-Motion Animation
- Playing with Food and Other Stuff
- Playing with Bubble Wrap and Beauty
- Playing with Origami
- The Joy of Playing with Letters
- George Carlin Playing with Words
- Playing Fetch
- Playing with Music
- Playing with Tubes
- Playful Mouse Houses
- Playing with Squirrels
- Seriously Playing with Legos
- Yarn Play
June is the Month of PLAY
Reflect on PLAY
- How is play related to joy, pleasure, and freedom?
- What did you learn from the games you played as a child? Monopoly, King of the Hill and Dodge Ball certainly instill different lessons than Red Light; Green Light, Clue, Jump-Rope, Pictionary or Hopscotch. What lessons from your favorite childhood games do you notice “playing out” for you in the present?
- What would it look like to sneak a bit of playfulness into your daily chores? Your dinner prep? Morning commute? Exercise routine? Workday? Your relationship?
- Learning to play many sports and games requires a coach. Who were the influential coaches in your life? What enduring lessons did they teach you about the game or about life?
- If I get to pick what I want to do, then it’s play… if someone else tells me that I have to do it, then it’s work.” – Patricia Nourot
- “I tell you; we are here on Earth to fart around and don’t let anybody tell you different.” – Kurt Vonnegut
- “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” – James P. Carse
- “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” – Tom Robbins
- Pleasure Activism by adrienne marie brown
- Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown & Christopher Vaughan
- Deep Play by Diane Ackerman
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
Children’s PLAY Bookshelf
- 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz
- The Happy Owls by Celestino Piatti (free pdf)
- The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
- Press Here by Hervé Tullet An interactive picture book containing colored dots and inviting the reader to use their imagination. When the reader rubs the dots they change colour, claps over the dots they grow, tilts the book and the dots slide around presenting a colourful array of images.
Don’t think about PLAY, don’t meditate on PLAY, don’t talk about PLAY – Instead ACTUALLY PLAY! Ask your partner or friend to go on a “play date.” What makes up that play date is up to you. That’s half the fun! And half the exploration. By deciding together what to do, you might discover something entirely new about how your partner or friend defines play and fun. For “extra credit” choose something that is new to BOTH of you!
While you need to figure it out for yourself, here are some ideas to spark your imagination: Get lost on purpose, axe throwing , a mini road trip, giving paddle boarding a try, hit the golf driving range, fly a kite, play cornhole , mini golf or better yet frisbee golf, geocaching, pickle ball (seriously, it’s a thing), chess or backgammon (NOT online, over a table, over coffee). Or maybe make it a double or triple play date and invite over others to play The Newlywed or Best Friend Game or anything that requires another couple of friends.
As always, Rev. Tony would love to hear about your experiences. Email him ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call him (508-344-3668) and let him know what you did and how much fun you had!