Saturday, 18 October 2014

Reflections from the PDC: "Do you want to play hide and seek?"

By Zan

We can't quite believe it, but the Playworker Development Course has been going for over a year! Our course aims to provide tools to play advocates, and gives a chance to use the playwork approach. Since the start of the course, we have worked with over 60 students from all over the world. 

Here is a story shared by one of our students in the fourth cohort:
"I was thinking about play the other day while waiting for my lunch at a restaurant. Well, actually I was thinking about how easily kids seem to make friends and how play is a part of that. I was sitting in the restaurant alone and it occurred to me that the restaurant would be a fantastic place to play hide and seek. There were so many dark corners, tables, benches, booths, and half walls that would make excellent hiding places. There were a few other customers in the restaurant and some of them were by themselves. I was imagining what it would be like if we were all more like children and started a big game of hide and seek while waiting for our food. When my waitress did bring my lunch, I meant to say, “Thank you,” but I was so into my thoughts of hide and seek that I accidently said, “Do you want to play hide and seek?” I’m sure she thought I was completely nuts, but if we had been two kids playing that would have been a perfectly acceptable thing to say."  Chelsey Bahe, Assignment 11, PDC - also published in Ip Dip on 17th October 2014

I love this little reflection, and I'll be honest, I'm often in that position where I want to invite someone to have some fun, but am afraid what people might say in response to my question. But why should it be a problem? If Frozen taught us nothing else this year, it would be that the simple question of "Do you want to build a snowman?" should be responded to because invitations to play are harder to issue when you get older, and pretty disheartening when rejected.

So... do you want to play hide and seek? I'll count to 10 slowly.... 1... 2... 3...

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