FAQ'S

What is Let’s Play?

When is it happening?

Who is doing it?

Why are we doing it?

How do I participate?

Suggested principles and Precautions

Resources on Play

What is Let’s Play?

Let’s Play is an initiative to celebrate play and highlight the importance of play for the well-being and healthy development of children (and adults) everywhere. It aims to bring back play into people’s everyday lives and to create safe, accessible and creative play spaces in our surrounding areas.

When is it happening?

Between November 7th (Monday) and 14th (Monday), 2016, people will create spaces in or around their homes/ offices for a few hours into a play space.

Who is doing it?

It is an open event where anybody who loves to play or believes in the importance of play can participate.

[To host a play space, send a mail to play@headstreams.org indicating your interest].

Why are we doing it?

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.

Read more: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds, Pediatrics Vol. 119 No. 1 January 1, 2007, pp. 182 -191 ( http://goo.gl/iuOau )

How do I participate?

  • Join the ‘HEADSTREAMS’ page on facebook https://goo.gl/jgUSx8. Share it widely with your family and friends and invite them to join.
  • Create or participate in a play space  anywhere, in or Bob the Builderaround your house/ office, parks, terraces, basements, open plots or any space which is safe for the participants to play.
  • Create/ participate in the event between November 07th (Monday) and 14th (Monday), 2016 and share your experiences after the event through email (play@headstreams.org) or Wats App it to 9620076945 (Maggie).Photographer
  • Post pictures and videos on 'facebook' and 'twitter' (use hastag #letsplay&havefun2016).

 

Tips to post your photo on Facebook or Twitter

Let's Play

  1. Make your photograph as CLEAR as possible (Good lighting, No blurring and try to get everybody in the frame :P) and captures participants involved in play
  2. Capture as many angles as possible and UPLOAD your best snaps with the hashtag #letsplay&havefun2016 on Facebook or on Twitter
  3. Give a CAPTION for your photograph, not more than 30 characters
  4. Make sure you include your NAME and LOCATION in the description of the photograph
  5. TAG your family and friends, get them on board and celebrate the spirit of playing

Tips to post your video on Facebook or Twitter

  1. Make sure your video is STEADY (a set of steady hands or a sturdy wall to place it on :D) and captures children & volunteers involved in play
  2. Capture the video in LANDSCAPE mode to capture as much of the action as possible
  3. Make sure your video is not longer than 90 SECONDS, upload your videos with the hashtag #letsplay&havefun2016 on Facebook or on Twitter
  4. Give a CAPTION for your video, not more than 30 characters
  5. Include your NAME and LOCATION in the video description
  6. TAG your family and friends, get them on board and celebrate the spirit of playing

What should I do?

  • Mark out a time and place to set up a play space where anybody will be free to play. Intimate that time to the children and their guardians/ parents.
  • Plan the play time so that you can gather any resources that you may need beforehand (It is NOT necessary to have toys. Empty carton boxes, used tyres, sand, old magazines, used papers, and anything which is not of use to adults will find a new lease of life in a child’s play).
  • Locate the space you will be using. Get others to volunteer with you in creating this safe, accessible and creative play space.


Suggested principles:

  1. Follow the children’s lead in the play.
  2. Involve yourself in the space such that children are not self-conscious.
  3. Step in when required to support or assist the child’s play only when need arises.
  4. Be gentle and patient with children in words and action, especially during conflicts.

Precautions:

  1. Easy access to first-aid.
  2. Easy access to drinking water.
  3. Ensure that the space is safe for a child of any age to play.
  4. Get consent of children and their guardians/ parents before taking pictures/ videos.

For more details, contact:

Anu Thomas, Email: play@headstreams.org, Ph: Anu (+91-8884779711),Maggie (+91-9620076945)

Resources on Play and Play-work

 

The importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent child Bond_Foucs on children in PovertyThe importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-child Bond:  Focus on children in Poverty

 

 

Research says Parents and Kids should play video games together

Research says Parents and Kids should play video games together

 

 

 

 

How free play can define a kids success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success by Katrina Schwartz

 

 

 

 

Scientists say play helps build a better child's brain
Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain by Jon Hamilton

 

 

 

 

Why do animals like to Play

Why do animals like to play? by Jason G Goldman

 

 

 

Play between children and domestic animals

 

Play between children and domestic animals by Gail F. Melson

 

 

Is Children’s Play Innate?

Is Children’s Play Innate?  by William Crain

 

 

The serious need for free play

 

A serious need for free play by Carlo Rotella

 

 

 

All work and No play_Why your children are more anxious and depressed

All work and no Play: Why your kids are more Anxious, Depressed by Esther Entine

 

 

Prescription for Play

Prescription for Play posted by Alliance of Childhood

 

 

 

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