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The Importance of Play

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Seedling believes in the magic of play. Research tells us that engaging in “play” gives us a wonderful opportunity to learn about ourselves and others.  Engaging in creative games and activities with your mentee produces countless benefits to your mentor/mentee relationship.  As communication happens through facial expressions, laughter, and body language, we become familiar with one another and trust begins to form.  The relaxing nature of play often allows a child to share his or her thoughts more freely opening the door to authentic communication, empathy, and compassion.  Play can also be a diversion for our mentees, giving them a reprieve from daily stress. “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” Mr. Rogers

The Authors of “The Benefits of Play for Adults” remind us that “while play is crucial for a child’s development, it is also beneficial for people of all ages.”  The next time you play a game with your mentee, friend, or loved one focus on the experience, not on accomplishing any goal.  “There doesn’t need to be any point to the activity beyond having fun and enjoying yourself.”

Want to play a game? Please visit the Current Mentors tab on the Seedling website to view a list of activity ideas.

Do you have an awesome activity or game that you play with your mentee?  We would love to hear about it. Email your mentoring activity to Sabra Fugate at sfugate@seedlingmentors.org.
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