Dadly Creativity In Play

November 9, 2010 in Dad Tips  

Dadly Creativity In Play

I think we men have an inherent creativity when it comes to play time. Not all of us are great at accessing that creativity, of letting it come out and play, but I think most men have this innate gift.

I mean, we were the boys who played so well — who built forts, who created different worlds in our bedrooms, who made cars screech and skid and launch on the folds of our bedsheets. We’ve got that in us — we’re like the artisans of playtime.

This playtime craftsmanship is a HUGE asset for us, and you’d do well to learn how to channel your inner fort-maker, hide-seeker, world-maker.

Break The Seal

For me, it’s hard to come out of the shell most times — to get away from the computer and the designs and emails, and get down on the floor, muster up the energy to break the seal on my exhaustion, and start shaping some play… but when I do…

When I do get past feeling sorry for myself and play with my 1.5 year old son, if I really get into play mode, it’s world-changing — my son feels good, he giggles and chortles and stops being such an a-hole, and normally that fills his love-tank enough for him to run off and do his own thing for a while… which I don’t end up noticing cuz i’m building some bad-ass tower of blocks, like, turrets, spires, the whole nine yards.

Watch the vid…

You are man. You pierce your world with ground-swells of creativity and belly laughs and everything around you erupts with joy, like sped-up footage of flowers blossoming… except inside the flowers are fireworks… and free electronics.

Tell us how you do it! How do you hack play time? What tips do you have for channeling your creativity? What kind of tricks has your creativity come up with? Tell us in the comments!

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Alvin November 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

The Name Game is our all time favorite. We play it at home, during road trips and drives from school on Friday’s.

Here is how it works. First you have to pick a category for example inventors, football, super heroes; to men we think are successful. Note, the men we think are successful makes for a great conversation later.

To start the game I will say a name from the categories listed above and then my kid will use the last name to think of another name. For example I would say Kobe Bryant and he would say something like Babe Ruth.

It goes on, and on to someone runs out of names or you pick another category.
Pick your categories and have fun. Awesome post!


Chase November 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Awesome! I love this… will have to implement when my son is saying more than “ball” and “daddy, are your financial investments diversified enough for me to have a secure future?”

cheers, Alvin!

Adam B November 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Having two girls means the rough and tumble of boys play is more like tea parties and colouring in. That’s not to say that there isn’t rough and tumble; it’s just slightly less rough and a bit less tumbling. My girls like using their Dad as a gymnastics apparatus (cod piece protection highly advised).
Girls like blocks. And trucks. And they don’t have to be pink.


Chase November 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

“Cod piece protection!??!?” I love that. I should implement that now and just get used to it in business meetings and stuff just so i’m not so surprised when I get home and my son rams me with some coat-rack he’s disassembled with his satanic powers… we mean the same thing by “cod” here don’t we?

A line for the record books: “Girls like blocks. And trucks. And they don’t have to be pink.”

LoL! Thanks Adam!

Metroknow November 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

I think play is one of the most underutilized tools that we have. In the mornings we have to get a 3-yr-old and a 6-yr-old up, dressed, fed, and out the door in fairly short order. In addition to making enough time for them to do all these things on a more, eh, meandering childlike schedule – the best tool I often forget is play. Example: To get my kids dressed, I told the older one that we could play red light green light as soon as he was dressed. Since he loves the game when we play, he was dressed in under a minute (I set the timer and challenged him to see if he could do it – and he DID), and we were playing.

The side effect: The 3-yr-old sees us playing and laughing, and she was instantly dressed and playing as well.

The result: We are out the door on time, starting our day off without the frustration and rushed feeling we often have when I’m trying to push them through the routine.

Play works.


Dan November 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Not sure it’s a great idea to say your kid is acting like an a-hole, even if he is. Just sayin’.


Chase November 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

You might be on to something here, Dan. thx.

Samuel November 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm

But kids are a-holes sometimes. Should we pretend that they aren’t?

Also, MetroKnow drops a major truth bomb. Play is a great way not only to have fun, but to inspire the behaviors that we want to see in our kids.


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