Play isn’t just inherently fun — it’s also a powerful way to connect to our creativity, loosen routine and rigidity and spark new insights.
According to creativity coach Gail McMeekin, “Play brings us back to childhood when we were free to play with abandon and we were not afraid of being judged or criticized.”
When we’re able to reconnect to that blissful time, it helps us tinker with new ideas and make novel connections, she said.
Michelle Ward, a creative career coach, also views play as a window into our smaller selves. “Kids are the ultimate creativity cultivators, and we can really only tap into that as adults by playing.”