Thursday, December 15, 2016

Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit

Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit by Meredith Sinclair

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA16; all opinions are my own

amazon associates: small percentage of all sales go to me

Official SummaryIn our age of digital addiction, many of us have lost our ability to be spontaneous. More parents are complaining that they no longer even remember how to play…with their children, their spouse, and even with their own friends. Don’t fret! In Well Played, expert Meredith Sinclair helps readers relearn what used to come naturally and shows how to find happiness through play.

For children, playing comes naturally…or at least it used to. But today that kind of spontaneous fun is harder to come by, for both kids and their parents. With hectic lifestyles and constant technology overload, we have simply forgotten how to play. The solution? Relearn the art of integrating fun and creative play into our day-to-day lives.

Well Played will show you how to fit play into your overscheduled lives with plenty of original and entertaining ideas, including: 

Why a disco ball is an essential kitchen appliance
Lip Sync Battle, family edition
Parent-child slumber parties…don’t forget the popcorn!
Party like it’s 1949 with old-school table games
12 dates that are way better than dinner and a movie
Stop helicopter parenting yourself—find things that thrill and slightly alarm you all at the same time!
Grown-up field trips to slap on your schedule
“Vino pong”—beer pong’s classier cousin

Packed with fun and engaging line drawings, Pinterest-worthy DIY projects, and hundreds of lists and tips on reintroducing play into your lives, Well Played is an indispensable guide for incorporating quality fun and playtime into our daily lives.

ReviewI didn’t know Meredith Sinclair before coming across her book at BEA16, but apparently she’s a blogger and Today show contributor. What she focuses on is the need for play in everyone’s life, whether you are single, have children, or are married – or even a mix of these! The book is written from her perspective, of course, so she focuses on ways to play with kids, with your significant other, by yourself, and with friends. While I’m not married or have children, I could still relate to the need for play and fun in one’s life and I appreciated the various ideas that Sinclair offered.

I’ve gotten more and more into nonfiction/self-help books in the past year or so, which is why I picked up Sinclair’s book at BEA in the first place. I’m so glad I did because I loved that this book wasn’t full of historical or medical information about happiness and play. Sure, Sinclair makes it known that play is an important aspect in one’s life and as we age, it doesn’t always come as naturally anymore. However, I liked the more laid back and relatable style in which Sinclair wrote this book. It really does feel like a friend sharing stories about her life and offering suggestions that may work for your own.

The book is broken into sections, as I mentioned earlier, depending on who your play is meant to focus on. Throughout the book are pages of fun games or art activities (with instructions) that could be incorporated in your life as a fun way to play. While there are a lot of ideas for working with younger children, including various forms of play-doh to make, there are ideas that could be used with just friends, like adult friendship bracelets or an outdoor twister. The whole book is colorful and full of fun illustrations, which makes the book fly by! I actually read the entire thing in a day, but it’s one you’ll want to keep and look back on for ideas!

In a world where technology reigns and adults are more stressed than ever, Well Played is a fun guide that gives you not only ideas, but permission, to get out there and play! 


Tracy Terry said...

Definitely a book I need to read. Thank you for featuring what sounds like a very necessary read for the digital age.

Joyous Reads said...

True, true. We need more interactions that requires very little help from technology. Especially during the Holiday seasons!

Tanya Atkinson said...

What a fun book! And I love that it's focused on having fun while "unplugging."

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

This sounds really interesting! I love the idea of playing more in general but especially as a family. I'm looking into this now. :) XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Adriana Garcia said...

I really love this. I remember an art class for teachers I took that re-sparked a lot of my childhood creativity. I feel like when I'm a mother I will make sure that my kids don't have too much technology to distract them from the outdoors and their imagination.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds like a fun guide!

kimbacaffeinate said...

I love this! We all need to unplug and play!

Suzanne at The Bookish Libra said...

This sounds like a fantastic book and definitely one I need to read because everyone in my house is way too addicted to digital entertainment.