Gameplaying is a primary learning skill which we all possess to accomplish self-actualization. And, not just as children. It is one of our hardwired Hybrid Learning Skills. This ability to learn through gameplaying continues throughout life. “Games are the most elevated form of investigation.” Albert Einstein.

n 1938 Johan Huizinga, a Dutch cultural historian, posited that games were a primary condition for the generation of culture. “Playing games is something older than culture, for culture, however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society.” He saw games as a starting point for complex human activities such as language, war, law, philosophy, and art.

Sigmund Freud regarded play as “the means by which the child accomplishes his first great cultural and psychological achievements; through play he expresses himself. This is true even for an infant whose play consists of nothing more than smiling at his mother, as she smiles at him.” Freud also noted how much and how well children express their thoughts and feelings through play. “These are sometimes feelings that the child himself would remain ignorant of, or overwhelmed by, if he did not deal with them by acting them out in play fantasy.” 

Playing informally or formally is so valuable that play-therapy has become a main avenue for helping young children with their emotional difficulties. I have seen it at work also in elder-care settings. It certainly works in any education setting. 

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Excerpted from my book Hybrid Learning.

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