- Last updated:
- 27 May 2020
Make play part of your day! Having time for play is as important for adults as it is for children and it’s a key way to get more joy out of your day!
“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” Norman Cousins
The Genius of Play have some great family resources, here are their 10 tips for being more playful:
- Use unscheduled time to be creative, to daydream, reflect and decompress.
- Appreciate playtime – whether it’s alone or with other adults or children.
- Smile and laugh often throughout the day.
- Try new things and experience the unexpected.
- Participate in a variety of activities whenever you can to expand your horizons.
- Make mental connections (e.g. “how else can I use this,” “what else can this do?”)
- Sing and dance just for the fun of it.
- Spend time with the children in your life, observing them as they play, listening to their conversation, and following their train of thought.
- Cultivate a happy, joyful, positive attitude, full of gratitude for even the smallest, everyday things.
- Plan to make play part of your day, whether it is indoor or outdoor, solo or social, active or quiet.
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Search Facebook and Instagram with #funathome for plenty of pages with fun activities for the whole family, you can also try #ideasforkids #playallday #familyactivities #learningfromhome.
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- Department of Education (North Coast Region) have created Stay @ Home and Play Booklet [16MB] which is jam packed full of low cost and no cost play ideas for families to try out at home.
- Nature Play Queensland have some great ways that you and your family can use nature and play to calm anxiety, improve your wellbeing and have some fun - whether you have access to your local park, backyard or balcony! They even have some great educational pieces if you're looking at doing some learning at home.
- Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators, most are designed for kids—but also great for the young at heart.
- 202 hilarious jokes for kids have your own comedy night!
- Take a virtual field trip from your lounge room, watch animals on live cam, explore museums or travel through time and space.
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- Visit the Laughter Online University get your Certificate of the Inner Child and explore 40 ideas to experience childlike playfulness as adults.
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Facebook designed to keep families, carers and educators sharing and connecting virtually
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Offers a huge range of resources including an entire list of free education sites, 40 virtual field trips and loads of ideas for indoor TV free activities
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- All Kids Network
Thousands of fun kids activities like kids crafts, worksheets, colouring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more
Become a producer
- film a news story or a cooking show
- create stop motion movies.
Get dressed up and do things differently
- have an indoor picnic, don’t forget the teddy bears
- host an international dinner night and get dressed up
- have a themed movie night
- create a glamorous family photo shoot
- have a karaoke night and get out your best rock star look
- dress ups for work conference calls.
How about some old school fun
- play board games together
- get out the deck of cards
- learn some magic tricks
- build a cubby house or inside blanket fort
- hide and seek
- hopscotch Simon says
- skipping rope
- play handball.