Build it like Beckham: Play by the professionals

Earlier today we talked about the importance of play. It may be perceived by some as a waste of time and unproductive, but play has the ability to help us escape the daily grind, relieve stress, boost creativity, improve brain function and even help build relationships.

In our recommendations for play we mentioned trying out play with some Lego, it’s easily accessible and has many play possibilities. It turns out even the rich and famous recognise the need for play, and even try out a bit of Lego themselves.

David Beckham, speaking with the Sunday Times magazine revealed he builds Lego models to control anxiety, saying the plays with the children’s toys because it helps to calm him down.

When the kids finish school, they might have different activities going on, like football or rugby. But when they get home we’ll often play one of their favourite games, like Connect 4. They also love Lego. So do I. The last big thing I made was Tower bridge. It was amazing. I think Lego sometimes helps to calm me down.
David Beckham

The 38-year-old said playing with Lego is similar to cooking, which he finds “very therapeutic”.

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond said building Lego models aided his recovery from a 300mph jet car crash that nearly killed him in 2006. “Lego saved my life. It’s really good therapy for a brain injury,” he told the Daily Mirror.

So there you have it, play is making a comeback. You’re not alone now get to it and play!