The main point that I got from todays session was that the idea of ‘play’ is a taboo state of doing. When you are a child play is acceptable, you are allowed to explore with colour, shape and object without anyone judging what you are doing and how you are doing it. As you get older, the idea of play becomes minimal, you are emerged in other obstinate in life and the way you are viewed by your peers changes. And again, as you progress into adult hood the amount of play you are involved in is next to nothing. Play also creates the opportunity for making unusual connections and as a result you are left with new insights and ideas.

Marshmallow challenge…


  • To build the tallest freestanding structure using 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard or tape and string and 1 marshmallow in the space of 18 minutes.

This task I carried out with three other people, we found that by starting with the spaghetti and ignoring the main problem, the marshmallow, we didnt estimate the weight or balance of the finishing fluffy pink ball of mallow that was to sit on top. If we had worked with the marshmallow first and built around it, we would have made a solid structure that was trendy enough to hold the edible delight.

Tom Wujee presented his theory of the marshmallow challenge.

Aspects of play

  • Freedom of choice
  • Joy
  • Spontaneity
  • Absense of consequences
  • Removing constraints

Types of play

  • Body play
  • Object play
  • Using hands play
  • Curiosity & exploration
  • Social play
  • Rough & tumble
  • Imaginative play

Attitudes towards play

  • Childhood play
  • Teenage years
  • Adulthood

Permission to play

  • Give yourself permission
  • It is important

Walking away from this exercise, I have started to wonder about the prospects of this field group. I am questioning how creative and interesting this subject will be, it worries me that the building of the marshmallow tower may be the most creative and exciting thing we will get to do in this subject known as ‘Play & Creativity’…


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