Play is exploration, is total focus on what interests us.
Not just from an intellectual angle but also from what our heart tells us to do.
When playing we dive into a zone of our interest where we do not need input from outside to tell us how to do it or to which purpose.
Playing undisturbed means doing what you want to do, being involved in where your interest lies and taking perspectives that nobody else might have – and it does not matter if anyone else can relate.
Playing is for its own sake.
When playing we have no thoughts about performing to someone else’s expectations or to achieve measurable results.
And yet, play lets us grow our self-confidence; in playing we problem solve in a stress-free aura.
What others see as dilly-dallying and waste of time really is all-important personal development on all levels and in all areas.
The less we are allowed to play, the worse we feel.
The more we allow imaginative exploration into our lives, the better we feel.
The more a child is allowed to play on its own terms, the stronger the individual will grow up to be.
Intelligence today is looked at from an incredibly narrow perspective; it is focused purely on academic performance, which – to me – does not need much intelligence but rather a very very good memory.
Application of knowledge in areas outside of schoolbooks needs intelligence and that can be done in a playful manner.
Storytelling, or rather Story-creating, is such an approach: Combine and use the acquired knowledge to one’s own progress.
Colour-ful, open-ended, inspiring, never wrong, incomparable and therefore un-gradable is the practice of Storycreating and telling.
Play is for all people and for all ages
And so is Storycreation and Storytelling.
I am often asked ‘What are the benefits of Storytelling?’
There are many:
- Increase of vocabulary
- Increase in fluency of talking in a foreign language
- Memory enhancement
- Increase in listening skills
- Great essay writing practice
- Increase in creativity/imagination
- Increase of self-confidence
- Better communication skills
- Lowering of examination anxiety
BUT: everybody has a different take-away from Storycreation/Telling.
The above points are not a tick-list to check off after each session.
Playing is learning and much more important, unrushed playing is a zone for the development of the individual at its own terms and own tempo.