Play redefines prosthetics for kids

“Play makes sense to all of us” which is why designer Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar set out to use creativity and play to co-create prototypes with children who need prosthetics. The joy, the enthusiasm, the awe and the fascination on the little faces in the video are enough to make anyone’s day. This is the power of play in its purest form.

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Child’s play is gymnastics for the creative mind

Guest blog by Carola Verschoor


So much has been documented on playfulness in the childhood years. And so it should be, as it is very important to human development. For some reason, most of us get socialized into thinking that being serious, hardworking and productive has nothing to do with play.


However, I would like to think that all those playful hours of our childhood are Nature’s way of preparing us to be creative, resilient and ingenious in our more mature years. Because as Joseph Chilton Pearce says, “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold”.


There’s an old saying that wonders whether we stopped playing because we got old or whether we got old because we stopped playing. I think we never really stop playing, we just do it less spontaneously, less openly and less happily as we rely on our playfulness to help us find solutions, to cope with tension and to simply keep going. Imagine what could happen if instead of just feeding off of the skills we developed as kids to use play and creativity for ‘problem’ solving, we were to continue to develop our playfulness. Can you imagine what might play out?


Like any human talent, play needs nurturing. Nature programs us in the early years to play as if it were our very essence. If we continue to work at that talent by nurturing our playfulness, it might help each of us to uncover our very essence through playful discovery, it might allow us to be (and become) ourselves, it might make us more flexible, more resilient, more creative and quite simply, more human. It might help us contribute to our communities and connect us so that, indeed, the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.

I love number 6 from this Blog!

I found this blog post titled ‘6 Magic Tricks to Noticeably Increase Your Productivity (and Your Happiness)’ by Katherine Barr.

I wish she was in Vancouver to come and play with us.

Here is her point #6…

6. Play! This is central to living most fully and optimally

Be honest, Schulte asks, “How often do you allow yourself time to truly and deeply play?”

Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play says that, “Life without play can be a grinding, mechanical existence,” against which psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi recommends finding and creating “flashes of intense living against the background of everyday life.”

Schulte’s research reveals that human beings need to play; it enables creativity, innovation, learning, problem solving, resilience and happiness. In fact, “science is finding that play is central to being alive.” Sara Baysinger says that play reconnects people “with themselves, with others, and with the possibilities of the world.”

Taking care of your basic needs is important for play. Roger Mannell, a psychologist at the University of Waterloo, says that, “Consciously choosing meaningful leisure is the first step to reclaiming it.” He suggests that you think about what you really want to experience during your time off and write it down, which will increase the likelihood that it will actually happen.

Be creative with unstructured moments of free time–don’t just turn on the TV. Try to remember and revisit what made you happy while playing as a child.

Gigi Branch-Shaw, one of the original members of a group called Mice that offers unique “play” experiences for women, says, “Time seems different when you play.” And Stuart Brown explains that, “Active play is a state of being unlike anything else. It is timeless, like flow. As adults, play is what keeps our brains flexible.” Managers at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Lab discovered that the best engineers were the most playful–taking clocks apart, building soapbox derby racers, and working with their hands.


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