Play can just be random activity done with fun. Children usually can figure out how to relax and play all on their own. But I had some other things in mind when I planned this post.
I really appreciate it when I see older children let go of their “cool” long enough to enjoy playing and interacting with younger children. My children have always found it fun to help out in the church nursery. The little boys always loved to have Joshua come help out because he was willing to really get down and play with them. Also, watching older cousins play with their younger cousins. What is really interesting is to watch the mantle being passed on as new cousins join the family and others grow up.
Play can promote fellowship and relationships either with your family or other groups. There is something about sitting down and playing a board game together that can bring people together. Also, a simple deck of cards can be transformed into an ice-breaker. I enjoy playing games after school with some of the school aged children where I work. Games can also invoke memories and lead to family traditions. I have memories of playing Monopoly with my mother and then playing with my own children. See what Wikipedia has to say about this time honored game.
Sometimes play can take a little bit of planning. During a family trip with extended family to Amelia Island I planned out a beachfront pirate themed scavenger hunt. It was a lot of fun to plan and adding a few props from Oriental Trader added to the fun. But it was even more fun to watch the teams of cousins have a chance to play and interact with each other.
So stop by and tell me about some of the things your family does to relax and play.