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What Happened to Our Toys?

A simplistic theory of the midlife crisis. The midlife crisis. It’s a cliche. It’s about aging, fear of death, existential dread, regret. It’s a reliable way to make light of something we all feel just beneath the surface as we reach that “certain age,” which is different for everyone. I have a theory. I’m not a scientist or a mental …

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Play: Light and Breezy or Real and Helpful?

Everything feels different now. I wake up in the morning without dread. I have energy. I go for walks and exercise. I find it fun. Super weird. My jaw isn’t clenched so my teeth don’t hurt. I don’t feel like I’m choking anymore – that nearly constant sensation in my throat that felt like swallowing a handful of rocks. It’s …

Kara Fortier of the PlayGrounding Podcast

Six Steps Toward Building Your Play Practice

In this episode, I (Kara Fortier, you know, the host) will talk about how I finally became an adult who plays. A playful mindset came so easily to us as children, but we adults build up lots of roadblocks keeping us from it. Incorporating play has been a process. It wasn’t as easy as just deciding to “do” play. I’ve …

Eric Berlin, Puzzle Creator, on PlayGrounding Podcast

Playful Problem Solving: The Power of Puzzles

Puzzles are powerful. Have you ever had a hard time putting worries aside – blocking out your to-do list and experiencing a moment of real focus in a no-stakes, playful situation? Try a puzzle. I’m not just talking about sitting with a puzzle on paper or your smart phone. I’m talking about escape rooms and city-wide puzzle hunts. Solving puzzles …

Robin Legat on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Playing to Win at Any Age

Some people train for a sport from the time they’re very young and become elite. Some people don’t even begin to get active until much later in life but become high level competitors. This week’s guest is here to remind us to never underestimate what we can accomplish regardless of age, even those of us who’ve spent most of our …

Pratik Chougule on the PlayGrounding Podcast

Is a Lack of Free Play Endangering our Democracy?

Free play, also known as child-directed play, is becoming more and more restricted for American kids. We’ve talked on PlayGrounding many times about the importance of free play, how it’s where many children first encounter risk and freedom. It’s where they first begin to encounter “otherness,” where they find ways to work together with kids of various ages and backgrounds …

Can Fitness Really Be Fun?

Rethinking Playground Play for Grownups Fitness fun? For most of my life, I would have answered NO WAY to that question. It’s the one challenge I’ve had to my belief that whatever is true about play for children is also true for adults. Children play very differently from adults. They play with their whole selves, their imaginations, their creativity and …