I still fall into the trap of separating out the ‘deep thinking and struggling’ workshop processes with movement-based activities. I think we have some notion that they are a good warm-up or ‘brain-gym’ activity for the brain. Maybe its the integration of movement/play with rational/serious thinking that is needed. It’s why I am fan of simple activities like Walking-Talking meetings.
That resonates strongly with me. Lately I’ve been challenging the idea of doing playful activities and calling them “warm ups”. I think that creates an opening to dismiss them as mere preliminaries, rather than take them seriously and see how much there is to learn from them.