Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Play to Live by Brian VanDongen

Book Details:

Book Title: Play to Live: Life Skills and Joy Through the Natural Talent to Play by Brian VanDongen
Category: Self-help/ Inner Child; creativity, 119 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction (18+)
Publisher: BVDPlays
Release date: April 30, 2019
Tour dates: June 17 to July 5, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing! We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships.

What we didn't realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. What are our children learning right now? How are they playing now and what part are we playing in how our children interact with the world around them.

For many children, their idea of play and playing now consists of talking to friends online and playing with electronic devices, staying safe indoors, and not venturing further than their own small safe world which we have created.

Inside Play To Live you'll discover:
  • Understanding what it means to play.
  • Where play has gone and what has changed?
  • How playing inside the box promotes the simplicity of play.
  • Why risky play is not the same as dangerous play. Are we too overprotective?
  • That climbing up the slide is just as important as sliding down.
  • Getting muddy outside and rediscovering nature is imperative.
  • That play is serious business and so much more.
Inside Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play you'll read about case studies and reports followed by tips, tricks, and information to help you. If you would like to rediscover what it means to play, then grab a copy of Play To Live right now!

To follow the tour, please visit Brian VanDongen's page on iRead Book Tours.

​​Meet the author:  ​

Brian is a life-long "parks and rec kid." Now, he is a parks and recreation professional.

Brian has created, designed, and implemented transformational recreational programming for thousands of residents. ​ Through his work as a park and recreation professional, Brian helps people play and find their natural talent to play.

He believes everyone has that talent, but it is sometimes hard to find or even suppressed in today's society. ​ Fortunately, play at its most basic level is easy, fun, healthy, and desirable. That playful talent just needs to be unleashed.

Brian has helped thousands of people find their natural talent to play and become happier and healthier people through the power of play.

Connect with the author: Website ~  Facebook ~  Twitter ~ Instagram

Guest Post


Obviously, play is an important topic to me. After all, I did write a book about play, its importance, and how to live a more playful lifestyle.

When my book was an Amazon #1 New Release for a week after its launch day in late April, I realized that play is an important topic to many other people as well.

While everyone can benefit from living a playful lifestyle and facilitating play for others, this list of people hold a crucial and valuable role in the promotion of play for children.

  • Parks and Recreation Professionals: The gatekeepers of play for the community. By having passionate parks and recreational professionals serve municipalities, play in the communities will thrive through facilities and varied and diverse recreational programming.
  • Teachers: The gatekeepers of play in school. Play in school should be more than just recess. Play can help self-initiated learning, problem solving skills, and independent thinking. By incorporating play into the classroom, children become eager to learn. Moreover, physically activity children generally perform better on tests.
  • Youth Sport Coaches: The gatekeepers of play in sport. At young ages, youth sports participation should represent play more than high-level, high-competition sports. By incorporating playfulness into practice, children are more likely to return to play the next season. Young children are still learning how their bodies move, and active play helps gain those physical literacy skills. In addition, with some creativity, drills can be reimagined with playful elements to keep them interesting and exciting.
  • Librarians: The gatekeepers of play in literacy. By encouraging reading and having fun activities to go with the books, children can gain an appreciation for reading. Also, libraries can offer playful programming which can help children gain more than just literacy skills at the library.
  • Parents: The gatekeepers of play at home. By providing play opportunities for their children, parents can help their child develop social skills, emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical literacy skills while reducing anxiety and stress.

This list certainly is not inclusive of everyone who needs to be a gatekeeper of play. Ideally, everyone is. Play is a vitally important aspect of everyone’s life, and we all need to partake in and support play.

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