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Random and Organized Types of Play


Qualities and Benefits of                               

Random Play

Going towards entropy or destruction                      

Place of the unknown                                       

Generate novel ideas                                       

Fosters spontaneity                                           

Promotes creativity, adaptability                     

Ability to let go into experience                      

Qualities and Benefits of

Organized Play

Going towards increased tone, skill           

Learning of social signals, rules

 and relational strategies

Confers non verbal communication skills

Brings to form

Ability to manipulate experience


Effects of too much                                        

Randomness                                                 

Feeling a lack of purpose                              

Can’t get a grip                                              

Can’t get things done, finished                    

Lots of great ideas but no form                   

Hard to work in a team                                   


Effects of too much                                        

Organization

Feeling a lack of joy

Life feels like it’s all work

No inspiration, creativity

Feeling trapped

Taking things too seriously, too literally

 

Types of Play

Random

Pillow fights

Pass the Story

Dolls (creating fantasy)

Tag

Balloon Fights

Play on words

Tickling

Finger Painting

Changing words to a song

Style


Expressive

Movement


Narrative


Imaginative


Games 
 

Sports
  


Cognitive
   
 

Sexual
  


Art 
 

Music
Organized
 
Dancing the Tango

Cross-word puzzle


Guided imagery


Monopoly


Baseball
 

Logic Puzzles


Spin the Bottle
 

Paint by numbers

Gregorian Chants
 

Many types of play are inherently both organizing and randomizing.  Optimally, we want to find balance in our activities between randomness and organization.  Play can help us balance the deficits that may exist in these areas in other aspects of our lives.
                      

Melanie Smithson, MA, BC-DMT, LPC & Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC © 2001

 
 


 
 

 

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