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 Summary: In 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.
Review: I 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!