Monthly Archives: January 2013

Serious Play for slumkids in India

Hi,
I came across a short video from a non-profit organization Magic Bus India, that allows slumchildren in India to play and learn essential life skills while playing fun games and sports.
This particular exercise opens the discussion with the children about obstacles they face when they want to go to school. It’s a perfect example of the power of Playful Experiential Learning. First there’s an explanation of the game, then after they played the game, they are invited to reflect on the experience and from that they gain insights. From the insights, they choose their (different) actions in real life. The results of these programs are that a lot more children are going to school, feel much better about themselves and are better teamplayers. I wish more of our educationsystem would adopt this kind of learning.

With playful greetings,
Annemarie Steen
http://www.steentrain.nl

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People think angels fly because they have wings. Angels fly because they take themselves lightly. (anonymous)

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When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing – Tom Robbins

My experience with Serious Lego Play

Last friday I attented a festival called ‘Let’s Play Innovation’ in The Netherlands, about the link between Playfulness and Innovation. Very interesting day with lots of Playshops to get a taste of different methods and insights of Playful Learning.

In the morning, I participated in a Serious Lego Play workshop. We were asked to build a bridge with for each participant the same set of Lego. The outcomes were as different as people can differ. Then we were asked to make a model from instructions. I enjoyed trying to get it right as fast as possible. Then we were asked to change our fixed model into something else that looked like a mother in law from hell. Now we really got into it (although my real Mother in Law is more of an Angel). Our creative minds were triggered. Giving meaning to our models in explaining the different bits and parts created mental attachment to our model. Even more so, when we were asked to make a personal model of ‘Serious Play’, the theme of the day. Here’s mine:

serious play

The swing represents Playfulness. It can be hanged anywhere, at home, in business, with friends. And being on the swing with others makes it even more fun and connecting. A swing is fun, as long as it’s in motion. So if you get stuck, find playfulness to get you unstuck…something like that.

Talking about our models of ‘Serious Play’with my group deepened our conversation and understanding of eachothers point of view. And because we played together, I felt closer to my groupmembers than to other people in the room. Play connects (but that I already knew).

With Playful greetings,

Annemarie Steen

 

I wish for…

…a year full of playfulness, learning, meaning and making inspiring new connections.

 

With playful greetings,

Annemarie Steen