Play Face is a term used to describe an often-seen expression on the faces of humans and other mammals engaged in play. Children exhibiting Play Face tend to have wide open and alert eyes, a friendly and inviting expression, and the glimmer of a smile.
Play Face signals an openness to continued engagement and comfort with the current situation.
Children (and adults) skilled at reading Play Face can use the signals they observe to adjust the play environment to keep the play flowing. When Play Face begins to fade, the play environment may need adjusting. Learning to read body language in childhood play is a skill used throughout life in both work and social situations.
Sometimes players try to hide their Play Face by acting Plangry.
Play Face is often associated with rough and tumble or aggressive play, but it occurs in all types of play.
The opposite of Play Face has been described as I Want To Eat You Face.
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