The Art of Play: Finding Fun For Any Age


Most people’s minds will go straight to children’s toys when they think about play. It’s easy to assume that only little ones can have fun with play, though this would be ignoring the mountain of sports which people like to take on throughout their adult life.

Some people like to play football, while others prefer cricket, though these are all games which are played but adults who are having fun. Of course, though, when it comes to building a connection between you and your child, it can be hard to think of activities that are going to be fun for everyone.

To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the crucial elements which make something fun, along with some ideas to help you to find activities that fit the ticket for everyone.

Difficulty/Challenge

If you’ve ever cheated in a video game before, you’ll have probably experienced the boredom which can come when you go down this route.

Even when you’re able to push the limits of the game itself, having little to no challenge will feel very dull, and most people will stop having fun quite quickly. To find something fun for your family, you need to balance this out, looking for activities that are hard for both yourself and the children, without diminishing each other’s fun in the first place.

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Inclusivity

Along with having some sort of challenge for everyone to get past, it also makes sense to look for fun which everyone can be included in.

Take bowling, for example, as this game is very good for inclusivity. The adults in the team can have the barriers down, while the kids can have them up, and there will even be ramps for those too small to pick up a ball.

This makes for an excellent game for the whole family, without forcing people to do things which require specific fitness levels or physical strength.

Longevity

This final area is one of the hardest to master when you’re approaching something like play. Keeping something fun for a long time can take a lot of work, with most people finding it hard to do the same thing for hours on end.

An activity needs to have plenty of varied outcomes, a way to improve yourself, and a way to keep it all fair, and this can make something like swimming perfect. Even if you go to the pool every few days, it will be easy to keep something like this from getting boring, and most people will be able to find a way to keep it from getting boring.

As a side benefit, this will also serve to keep you family fit.

Play can be a challenge when you have a family of all ages. Getting everyone involved will take some patience and determination, though it shouldn’t take too long to figure out what everyone enjoys. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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