2 October 2009

Original Play

"Original Play" is described in Playing By Heart: The Vision and Practice of Belonging by O. Fred Donaldson. Through playing with many different wild animals (including wolves, bears, lions and dolphins) he discovered that undomesticated mammals (including young children) all play the same way. He calls this Original Play and explains how it differs from the Cultural Play (Contest Play) which adults teach children.

Below is a link to a 28 minute video documentary of O. Fred Donaldson teaching an Original Play workshop to a group of parents and their children. I would highly recommend this fascinating and inspiring video if you are a parent, grandparent or anyone who ever plays with children.

Original Play VIDEO

To watch the video click on Original Play, then Original Play again, and then Original Play VIDEO Part One/Two/Three.


  1. Thanks so much for linking to this video. It's a really good one! I learn so much from your blog. Thanks again.

  2. It is really, really good isn't it! I watched it last week and have found it so helpful already, especially in being more present and connected with Sunnyboy while we play.

  3. I always love the little things you share here.

    Love love LOVE this!


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