The Tao of Play Tor Bay

Wonderful observation of some real zen playwork…

Play Torbay


“Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated.” One of the Playwork principles. One thing is to be told about this and quite another to see just how much this means in practice.

So here I am, working towards my NVQ level 3 in Playwork, as a member of staff in a play session. A new family walked in: Mum, Dad and two children, a boy and his slightly older sister. The boy’s huge smile and shiny eyes caught my attention straight away as he walked towards us. The sister was absorbing it all from a more reserved stance, half hidden behind Mum. The Dad strolled in, a short distance away. I welcomed them in and the young man, age 8, introduced me to all his family. After a bit of a chat, Mum and Dad were perfectly happy to leave their son to play…

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