The power of play and how to bring it home

The playground may be closed with no free-roaming allowed, but small acts of play can still be achieved and are important for health and wellbeing.
a child playing with coloured paper in the dark

‘Mum, Dad, I’m bored….!’ A favourite complaint you might be hearing more often if you’re currently stuck at home. Yes, lockdowns can feel dull, stressful and downright boring. But harnessing the power of play can be a powerful way to boost your mood and maintain wellbeing in tough times.

Play has been used by artists for centuries to open creative pathways, but it turns out that everyone can explore it as an antidote to slumpy times.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).