When I was in Ocean City MD last week, I saw so many children and adults at play on the beach. Since a lot of what I teach has to do with helping writers refine the process by which they create, it seemed to be a worthwhile exercise to consider how the writer would entertain themselves on the beach, and then to imagine how the main character and villain or obstacle would play.
For example, since I was acting as an observer, clearly my form of play was recording and interpreting events through imagery. The charming man who offered to carry my bag was using it to work his lats and biceps. I don’t know about whether it’s important to do the exercise for the character as children or grown ups, but try it and let me know.
Good luck and happy writing.