Play is a process of effortless enjoyment. It is effortless because you are never told or asked to play, and even if you are instructed too, no one will complain because play is fun. Why is it fun? It is fun because it is ultimately what you want to do. You feel powerful and in control when you are playing. We as human always have a desire to be independent in our own way and have authority over what we choose. When you play, it is a perfect world, with everything you would ever want.
Play is for enjoyment and that is it. That is why play is so great and rewarding. You play after a long day’s work or when you are bored. It is relaxing and it eases your mind when you are stressed or unhappy. Study shows that one will perform better in activities when one is happy and satisfied, play does exactly that. When one is happy, one will accomplish more and success will follow.
Children from different cultures will have different ways of playing but the definition of play does not change. Take my culture for example, children raised in an Asian household understands the importance of being knowledgeable at a young age and maintaining that through countless schooling. Children are almost forced to find enjoyment in learning because there is a strong belief that learning is everything and play is just play and will not be a significant role in their future or development as a person. Children of this nature will also be exposed to activities such as playing an instrument of some sort or taking dance lessons. We rarely associate with other people because we are so busy with our daily schedule of school and activities that our parents plan for us. Children are well monitored and a great deal of their activities will be academically orientated and little will be left to free time. The motto is “your parents know what is best for you”, thus our whole childhood tends to be taken under control by our parents. We play what we are told to play with and we obey or else there are consequences. Play is seen as a distraction in our culture; if it does not support academics, it is not essential. Academic is “good” play.
Other cultures such as children with an African-American background tend to be more group orientated, while Euro-Americans tend to be freer to play to their hearts content because they have a strong belief of those experiences later translating and developing into a future career or hobby. Children from third world countries don’t have the luxury of physical toys to play with; therefore, games that require team interaction and communication usually are considered playing. As cultures cross and technology is introduced, children begin to spend their play time simply in front of a television rather than associate with outdoor activities.