More Adults Are Embracing Playtime, Here’s Why You Should Too

Pages from illustrator Johanna Basford's coloring books for adults.

Pages from illustrator Johanna Basford’s coloring books for adults.

Think things like recess, coloring books or summer camp are only for kids? Not anymore. There’s a new movement among adults to incorporate more playtime into their routines, largely due to studies that show various health benefits to play but also because, heck, it’s fun.

PSFK.com recently reported on a series of best-selling coloring books for adults, which allow you to create a work of art — no drawing skills required (the designs are decidedly more chic than your children’s coloring books, too).

We’ve seen a similar trend in live entertainment with the emergence of painting parties, scavenger hunts, game-themed improv shows and more. They play in perfectly with Jim’s beliefs that just because something is fun for kids doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy it, too. As he points out in his post More About Making Great Work for Children:

“Maurice Sendak, Neil Gaiman and J.R.R. Tolkien all share a belief that we make a number of false assumptions when we assume that a certain kind of content is ‘for’ children and not adults. Tolkien said ‘… the common opinion seems to be that there is a natural connection between the minds of children and fairy-stories, of the same order as the connection between children’s bodies and milk. I think this is an error; at best an error of false sentiment, and one that is therefore most often made by those who, for whatever private reason (such as childlessness), tend to think of children as a special kind of create, almost a different race, rather than as normal, if immature, members of a particular family, and of the human family at large.’

Well said, old boy.”

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