What's Your Play Personality?
We all have an inner child that gets unleashed when we're playing. Active play develops important life skills, emotional intelligence and our problem-solving prowess. Take this quiz to see which of Dr. Stuart Brown's eight play personality types fits you, and what can motivate you to play more.
Which of these can you spend hours doing?
What's your pick on a hot summer day?
What are (were) you like in school?
Which is one of your favorite toys?
Which is your favorite animal
Your favorite game app is?
If you could go on an adventure, you choose?
What do you enjoy most about sports?
What is your favorite type of movie?
If you could learn something new it would be?
The Joker — you love to be silly. You make people laugh and play practical jokes. You are the “class clown” in school, and like to play by telling jokes, playing practical jokes and doing funny impersonations. Some ideas for sharpening the Joker's play skills are joining a comedy or improve class and participating in activities that have a silliness factor like bubble ball soccer.
The Kinesthete — You love to play through movement. You would run, dance, swim, bike ride, and play sports all day if possible. You are quite the athlete, but what drives you is the fun of the sport not only the competition. Because you already enjoy many activities, try something different such as hip hop dance, jumping on a trampoline, or rock climbing.
The Explorer — enjoys enjoys play by discovering new places and meeting new people. You actively look for new experiences which can be physical (going to new places), emotional (harnessing emotion through music, art or movement), or mental (learning a new skill or reading a book). Satisfy your need for adventure by trying a new activity or place to eat. Go for a bike ride or hike to explore new territory.
The Competitor — you love all forms of competition, especially the thrill of winning. Playing sports could be your next career. Whether you a play team sport or a game of CandyCrush, you're always trying to beat your top score. Feed that desire to win by getting active in a team sport or hosting a video game or board game competition with friends.
The Director — you enjoy playing through planning events and experiences, like throwing parties and hosting meet-ups. You're the social butterfly organizing the playdate or weekend soiree. Your social activities may also be online where you lead a cool facebook group, or rally people around a social cause. Ignite your play inspiration by organizing a day of play or starting a running club.
The Collector — you love to play by collecting amazing objects or cool experiences. You experience bliss in finding a new piece or experience, and showing it off. You may enjoy collecting everything from baseball cards to coins or video game points (the possibilities are endless!). Some ways to activate your collector spirit are by joining a club or group that shares your passions.
The Artist/Creator — you find joy by making and creating things. You love crafts, fixing things, decorating, and working with your hands. You are the classic "Maker" who is drawn to building, painting, gardening, woodworking, or any number of creative endeavors. You may also enjoy fixing broken things or breaking and putting a toy back together. Some ways to satisfy your maker drive are through creative art classes (try wood-working, ceramics or legos), gardening or hack your own creations at a Maker space, coding workshop or 3D printing lab.
The Storyteller — you play through your sense of stories and imagination. You love to create stories, in novels, movies, plays, performances. You also may enjoy reading novels, writing, or watching movies and theater. You can get lost in a story, and feel the thoughts and emotions of characters in the stories. You can cultivate the Storyteller further by participating in a poetry slam, or joining a book club or writer's group.