Play is essential for kids, it helps them to use their creativity whilst developing their imagination, and aids healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them; but what about play for adults? Playing with friends, co-workers, pets, and children is a fun way to aid creativity and relieve stress. It can even trigger the release of endorphins, which produces a feeling of happiness.

Toy spending by adults, for adults, has risen by 8% year-on-year, and has increased by £30m since 2016. One major reason for the popularity of toys among adults is that, sometimes, we all just need a break.

 

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Stimulate the mind

Long day at the office? Sometimes coffee just doesn’t cut it - a great way to increase energy and brain power is to take a short break from work or a task and participate in some team fun. This could be team building exercises or even just an intense game of Jenga.

Increased brain function

Challenging a friend to a chess tournament, completing tricky puzzles, or even playing quick reaction games can challenge the brain and improve brain function. The social interaction can also help to decrease stress.

Help with dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a disorder that affects coordination and movement. Ball games such as football, catch, or even less physical games that focus more on mental skills, such as Tumbling Monkeys, can help to improve coordination.

Improve connections and relationships

Whether it’s with a colleague or a friend, laughing and sharing time together can help to build bonds and strengthen relationships. It can even be a great way to form new business relationships.

 

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Prevent ageing

Playing can boost your energy and vitality, and physical games can help with joint mobility. Games don’t have to be just for children, playing can take place as a whoopee cushion on a co-worker’s chair, playing fetch with a dog in the park, going for a bike ride, or board games with children.

Adult play should be time to forget about stresses, work commitments, errands and bills, and focus on being social and having fun in an unstructured way.

Toys: are they just for kids?