“Play is children’s language. They act out pretend scenarios as a way to express concerns, ask questions, and, crucially, reshape a narrative. In a pretend scenario, children are driving the plot and can change the outcome of a scary situation or try out different solutions to a problem.” — Kate Cray. Stress, trauma, and change can adversely affect a child’s health, behavior, and development. Fortunately, play and play therapy can help children learn to cope with stressful scenarios in healthy, productive, and creative ways.
Play offers children opportunities to express themselves, work through confusing emotions, and gain a sense of peace. Play also helps families connect – laughing together is an excellent way to nurture bonds and stay communicative. During life-altering crises like COVID19, both children and adults can gain a sense of normalcy, sanctuary, and relaxation through play, laughter, and movement. This infographic provides 29 quotes, knowledge, and research to support the power of play during times of crisis.