PLAY Resources

 

 

PLAY Film Festival

  • The Yes Men
  • Big
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns

PLAY Songs

  •   Spotify playlist for  PLAY   songs  
  •   YouTube playlist for music videos of   PLAY   songs 

PLAY Activity

  • 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

Embodying 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?

 

PLAY Quotes

  • 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

 

PLAY BOOKSHELF

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.

SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE

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 ( revtonyuu@gmail.com ) or call him (508-344-3668) and let him know what you did and how much fun you had!