Diagrammed in a wheel, the Framework of Play acts as a cycle and upon reaching poise, we are ready to anticipate something new:

  • Anticipation - expectation, wonder, curiosity, anxiety, uncertainty, risk.
  • Surprise - a-ha moments, discovery, a new sensation or idea, or shifting perspective
  • Pleasure - it feels good
  • Understanding - new knowledge, application of ideas
  • Strength - empowerment, confidence, new skills
  • Poise - grace, contentment, composure, and sense of balance in life/school

- Scott Eberle, Strong National Museum of Play (Brown, 2009)