“Play is often talked about as relief from serious learning. But Play is serious learning”

-adapted from Fred Rogers

Why PLAY? Play can reduce stress. Play can increase joy. Play can help you learn. According to psychiatrist Stuart Brown “Play is a basic human need as essential to our well-being as sleep, so when we’re low on play, our minds and bodies notice.” Lynn Barnett, a professor of recreation, sports and tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign notes that “At work, play has been found to speed up learning, enhance productivity and increase job satisfaction; and at home, playing together, like going to a movie or a concert, can enhance bonding and communication.”

Wallace, Jennifer. “Why It’s Good for Grown-Ups to Go Play.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 20 May 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-its-good-for-grown-ups-to-go-play/2017/05/19/99810292-fd1f-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html.

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How to play Uno

Uno, Spanish for "one", is a card game that was invented in 1971 by Merle Robbins of Ohio.  When arguing with his son about the rules of Crazy Eights, Merle concluded to develop his own game as a settlement to that argument.  Uno was created and the first decks were constructed right on their own...

How to Play Go

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How to play BS

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Bat Moth – A Game About Adaptation

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How to Play Spoons

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How to Play Soccer

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Tallest Tower

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Puzzle Challenge

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Fox Walk – A Game About Behavioral Adaptation

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How to play Hearts

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