Play to Live: Life Skills and Joy Through the Natural Talent to Play – Brian VanDongen / #GuestPost #BlogTour @iReadBookTours @BVDplay_rec

Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing! We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships.

What we didn’t realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. What are our children learning right now? How are they playing now and what part are we playing in how our children interact with the world around them.

For many children, their idea of play and playing now consists of talking to friends online and playing with electronic devices, staying safe indoors, and not venturing further than their own small safe world which we have created.

Inside Play To Live you’ll discover:

  • Understanding what it means to play.
  • Where play has gone and what has changed?
  • How playing inside the box promotes the simplicity of play.
  • Why risky play is not the same as dangerous play. Are we too overprotective?
  • That climbing up the slide is just as important as sliding down.
  • Getting muddy outside and rediscovering nature is imperative.
  • That play is serious business and so much more.

Inside Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play you’ll read about case studies and reports followed by tips, tricks, and information to help you. If you would like to rediscover what it means to play, then grab a copy of Play To Live right now!



Guest post



Play, in its purest form, is simple. However, it seems in today’s world, play is overly complex, overly challenging, and overly difficult. By making opportunities to play limited or having unnecessary barriers to play, the benefits of that people receive from playing are not fully received.

The benefits to play are many: physical literacy, social skills, emotional skills, cognitive skills, and more. And, even though people tend to think play is just for children, play can improve these skills across the lifespan. Children — and children at heart — need to play.

One of the simplest ways to play is by using loose parts. Materials that can be moved, carried, designed, combined, built (and sometimes more fun, destroyed!) and rebuilt are loose parts. Examples are all around us, especially in the natural world. Sticks, rocks, sand, branches, logs, pinecones, pebbles, water, shells are just a few. But loose parts do not just have to be found in nature. Even materials with an intended purpose — for example, balls, buckets, frisbees, and boxes, to name a few — can be loose parts.

The frisbee can be a flying saucer from space aliens one minute, then it can be used as plate during a tea part the next. There are no limits to play with loose parts.

In Chapter 3 (Playing Inside the Box) of my book, Play to Live, I describe the theory of loose parts in more depth. I also tell a story of an organization in Maryland who leads loose parts play days for children.

Loose parts and the success of loose parts play days show that play is simple. There does not need to be formal rules, formal structure, or formal scheduling for play. That makes play difficult. To make play easy, all there needs to be is a desire and an imagination. Simple.

Thank you, Brian VanDongen  and iRead Book Tours.



About the author

Brian is a life-long “parks and rec kid.” Now, he is a parks and recreation professional.

Brian has created, designed, and implemented transformational recreational programming for thousands of residents. ​ Through his work as a park and recreation professional, Brian helps people play and find their natural talent to play.

He believes everyone has that talent, but it is sometimes hard to find, or even suppressed in today’s society. ​ Fortunately, play at its most basic level is easy, fun, healthy, and desirable. That playful talent just needs to be unleashed.

Brian has helped thousands of people find their natural talent to play and become happier and healthier people through the power of play.

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