Kids play, kids laugh, kids are imaginative, kids become adults!
Is there a
link between childhood playfulness and creativity? What happens to the playfulness of a child as they grow to adulthood? Chrissi Nerantzi, principal lecturer in academic CPD at
Manchester Metropolitan University suggests using Legos and play dough. "Play helps us go back to who we really are as human beings, full of life, curiosity and wonder. Creatures who are not afraid to be different, even silly at times and ready to try different things." ?
Peter Gray, a psychologist and research professor at Boston College, we are "gradually reducing children’s opportunities to play..." According to his article, "If we love our children and want them to thrive, we must allow them more time and opportunity to play, not less." Research has been conducted in
England suggesting playfulness is important and
higher education research could benefit. We can all benefit from playing more!
Humor and Children
When does a sense of humor develop in a child? An article posted by
Jennifer Warner states researchers have found humor shows in the "same parts" of a child's brain as an adults as early as 6 years of age. It is just not well developed. How is humor measured? We all see humor differently but cultivating that humor is important in a child's development according to the
American Psychological Association. Laughter and a sense of humor can help us get through many things that life throws at us.
Nurture & Thrive points to the many ways humor and a sense of humor help to build resiliency
"Children to Adult--Laugh for the Health of It!"
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