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Voyager

Type-Three Persona: Artist, Joker, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Sculpture
  • Escape rooms
  • Clowning
  • Papier mache

A Voyager is a Type-Three Play Persona, combining Artist, Joker and Kinesthete. A Voyager likes to move in the weird and the wonderful. They make strange and wonderful creations, often repurposing physical materials in unexpected ways. With a Voyager around, nothing is ever quite what it seems, so look around, test your footing, and be ready for mystery and wonder.

Reflects traits of type-two personas:

Surrealist

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Joker

Favourite play activities include:

  • Nonsense poetry
  • Creating abstract art
  • Colouring in... while ignoring the lines
  • Building elegant practical jokes
  • Trompe l'oeil art

A Surrealist is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Artist and Joker. A surrealist loves to challenge perceptions, and presents a view of the world that is at odds with usual expectations. They don't take themselves too seriously - even during the most earnest of creative endeavours - and frequently their words hum with an ambiguity about whether they are really proposing the preposterous things they seem to be. Part of the joy of having the surrealist around is that they love to share their zany view of the world - but for some other personas this can feel a little destabilising.

Puppeteer

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Puppetry
  • Dance
  • Large-canvas painting
  • Sculpture
  • Collage

A Puppeteer is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Artist and Kinesthete. A Puppeteer enjoys creating using their body and their own movement. They may enjoy physical art, dance, as well as sculpture and (of course) puppets. For a Puppeteer, movement is about commenting on the world, and, vice versa, understanding the world is about how we move through it. If you find it tough to understand what a Puppeteer is trying to say, have a go at putting yourself physically into the space they create - see the world from their perspective, and in their shoes.

Clown

Type-Two Persona: Joker, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Clowning
  • Subverting the uses of physical objects
  • Tumbling
  • Practical joking
  • Messing around

A Clown is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Joker and Kinesthete. Watch the Clown as they tumble, because they can be the most blessed of play personas, as everywhere is a playground for them. A chair is, for a Clown, a prop for gymnastics, a boat to sail upon, an opportunity for slapstick. They love the physical, especially where the world around them is ripe for mirth and happenstance. Clowns love their connection to the earth beneath their feet, but wear gravity lightly, as if able to shake it off at a moment's notice.

Combines traits of basic, type-one personas:

Artist

Type-One Persona: Artist

Favourite play activities include:

  • Colouring-in
  • Drawing
  • Doodling
  • Visiting galleries
  • Watching nature
  • Choosing colours for painting rooms / wallpaper / furniture

An Artist is one of the basic, single-type Play Personas. He or she loves to observe or create beauty in the world. An artist derives pleasure from creating – whether that’s building a structure from just the right selection of Lego, or life-drawing in charcoal. If you’re an artist, you might also enjoy going to galleries, listening to music, or watching a gorgeous sunset.

Joker

Type-One Persona: Joker

Favourite play activities include:

  • Comedy
  • Practical jokes
  • Puns
  • Play-acting
  • Surreal play
  • Colour runs

A Joker is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. A joker loves to muck around, and frequently resists rules and constraints. They'll be the one who relishes chaos and the unexpected. They can be difficult to have around if you're a stickler for rules - but they can probably teach you a thing or two about letting go of your preconceived ideas of how play should unfold, and encourage you to go with the flow!

Kinesthete

Type-One Persona: Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Trampolining
  • Running
  • Tumbling
  • Yoga

A Kinesthete is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. A kinesthete loves to move. Never happier than when their attention is on their body, they enjoy any physical activity that gets the blood pumping. Kinesthetes may enjoy sports for the experience more than the competition - and simply want to take movement to its furthest possible extent.

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