Encourage Play, The Little Kid Inside You Will Thank You Later

Encourage Play, The Little Kid Inside You Will Thank You Later

We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.


Do you remember that game that you used to love playing when you were a kid? Whether it was Legos, Barbies or Hot Wheels, each one of us can recall some of our old, but beloved childhood games.

Now that I'm older, I find it more challenging than ever to experience genuine fun through the use of play. Not only do I find myself faced with time constraints, but as a college student, I also have a very limited amount of disposable income. Not to say that going out on the weekends isn't a blast, and not to say that playing beer pong doesn't "count" as play, but when was the last time you genuinely had fun doing something that you used to love to do as a kid?

The National Literacy Trust recognizes that play is essential for developing communication skills, especially in children. In addition, through play, people can better understand their limits and capabilities, and in turn, can both test and challenge themselves to improve.

As Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." In other words, he is stating that play allows all people, including children, to research and find out what it is they like and don't like. For instance, I was never into very competitive or physical forms of play, however, I did like being able to create and design things. In my experience with play, most of these things still hold true to this day.

That being said, I still encourage play, even though I'm far from my childhood days. Playing enriches one's personal sense of creativity, uniqueness, and wonder. With the rise of technology, school playgrounds often sit vacant in the summer months, and it seems more kids know the next release date of their favorite video game than their best friend's phone number. So much has changed since I was a kid, but the truth is, we are all still children at heart.

Popular Right Now

10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

Cover Image Credit: Authors Photos

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating
Facebook Comments