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Play Day 2019: Animate Your Life

On February 6th, 2019, CAPS successfully hosted Play Day, our largest winter outreach event. This year’s theme focused on animation as students participated in different play activities connected to a specific animated movie. Activities included but were not limited to balloon animals, Legos, animation drawing, coloring, and Pokémon Go. Each activity was designed to promote psychological wellness such as relieving stress and boredom, creating social connections, and promoting joy.


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What is play? “Play is a state of mind, rather than an activity… an absorbing, apparently purposeless activity that provides enjoyment and a suspension of self-consciousness and sense of time. It is also self-motivating and makes you want to do it again...
Students at Play Day
In order to live a satisfying life, it is not enough to have an absence of negative feelings; we also need pleasurable experiences that help cultivate positive feelings, such as happiness, joy, excitement, and delight.
There are many forms of play and ways to engage in play. Dr.
Do something and Play Engaging in play is often effortless and exciting, and we may lose awareness of self and sense of time while deeply engaged in play. This loss of self-awareness is referred to as a "flow" state.
On February 7th, 2018, CAPS displayed a strong presence on North Campus while hosting Play Day, our largest winter outreach event.

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9:32am