Learn to play, play to learn
When I was at school, we used to have fun. Driving past the local school yesterday, I saw kids in the playground at 10.15am and thought: Why don’t I still get to play in the middle of the day?
According to Eric Lardinois, Belgian en “ludopédagogie”: “Business games help people to live the experience, improve recall… and enable training participants to deal with subjects differently” (Trends, 24th February 2011, Belgium).
According to Rudolph Steiner, play is essential to the development of children. What about adults? What can be achieved with fun and games?
Cases of free-time innovation such as those seen at Google and 3M are well documented: Give people a chance to play in the sandpit without the pressure of performance, rules and time and the results are great. But many people still dismiss these examples, saying: “That’s Google, that’s not us. WE don’t need it. We can’t do it. That CAN’T be us.”
Here are a few play ideas I’ve encountered recently that CAN be used in different ways to help learn, relax, perform and amuse your people:
- One of my clients invited me for a quick game of Kerplunk during lunch the other day
- My wife uses BrainGym to help her clients – I now use it as an icebreaker in different training modules to “get connected”
- Today I saw the look on the faces of trainees as they got stuck into colouring in pictures they had drawn whilst learning how to visualize presentation messages – magical!
- Try “The Great Egg Drop” for a leadership exercise
- Rubik’s cube is used in the United States to teach mathematics
The benefits of play:
- Relaxation / stress release
- Connectivity, relationship building
- Right-brain/left-brain integration
- The Eureka effect (when I stopped thinking about it, the answer came to me)
- It’s just fun 🙂
In conclusion: Learn to play and play to learn!
Hope to hear more about what is happening on play-training from #ASTD2011. In the meantime, please add comments to share your ideas on playing to learn…
Thanks for reading!