The Sims 4 Playful Emotion

How to Make Your Sims Very Playful

The Sims 4 - a Very Playful Sim
Very Playful

Playful Mood
It's very easy for Sims who are Childish to get Very Playful (by playing with Toys), as well as Goofballs (random Moodlets for Playful). This is one of few positive Emotions that have more than just two stages - you can go beyond Very Playful all the way to Hysterics. Sims that go into hysterics can die from laughter when they hear a joke, so do Calm Self Down by using a Mirror if necessary to save your Sim's life! Dying from laughter is pretty funny though.

Skill/Career Ideal Moods
Playful is helpful to Entertainers (Comedians), the Comedy Skill, Mischief, and Sims in associated Careers.

How to get Very Playful

Be Happy and:

Actions - User Directed

  • Eat Gummy Bear Pancakes (cook while playful) +1/+2 2hrs-3hrs depending on quality
  • Make Silly Face (In Mirror) +1 2hrs
  • Take a Bubble Bath +2 4hrs
  • Watching Comedy TV Channel +1 3hrs
  • Playful Club Vibe +1 through to +3 For as long as Club Meeting is Active (Get Together)
  • View Playful Art +1 4hrs
  • Waterslide Foamy Slide (Backyard Stuff) +1 4hrs
  • Playing on Jungle Gym (Children) +1 4hrs
  • Watch Hilarious Videos On Sim.TV (Computer under Web) +1 4hrs
  • Empathizing with Flirty Sim (Aliens only) +1 4hrs (Get To Work)
  • Drinking Cafe Coffee - Macciato +1 4hrs (Get Together)
  • Wearing Hysterical Tiger Hat (Delux Edition Clothing Item) +1 6hrs
  • Being Voodoo-ed 'Frolic' +2 4hrs
  • Wearing Star Spangled Glasses (Delux Edition Accessory items) +2 5hrs
  • Essence of Playfulness (Cow Plant) +2 12 hrs

Situations - Game Controlled (Random Chance)

  • Playful (From Goofball Trait) +1 4hrs
  • Playing on Motion Gaming Mat +1 4hrs
  • Viewing Wind Catcher (Backyard Stuff) +1 4hrs
  • Funny Day At School (Children/Teens) +1 8hrs
  • Ahead Of Rival (School Event) +1 8hrs
  • Sneak Peek (Work Event Oracle Branch) +1 8hrs
  • Someone Else in Trouble (School Event) +1 13hrs
  • Performing/Practising Comedy +2 3hrs
  • Ghostly Laughter (Ghosts Only) +2 2hrs
  • Drinking Ghostly Goo Serum (Science Career - Get To Work) +2 4hrs

Socials - User Directed

  • Telling a Couple of jokes in a row (Funny Conversation) +1 4hrs
  • Telling 3 (or so) jokes in a row (On A Roll - Stacks on Funny Conversation) +2 4hrs
  • Flash Crazy Eyes - increases duration of other two moodlets Funny Conversation +1 6 hrs and On a Roll +2 5hrs
  • If your sim continues to tell jokes the moodlet Funny Conversation continues to rise in duration maxing out at 9hrs
  • Funniest Joke in the World (Joke Star Aspiration unlock at completion) +3 3hrs

Items - Auras

  • Void Critter Cards +1
  • MySim Dolls +1
  • Reward Lamp: Pets +1
  • Being near a Playful Ghost +1

These are just some of the things that can make a Sim Playful, though there are surely more to be found in the game. Also read the main Emotions Guide to learn how Emotions work - Emotional Auras, what determines the main Emotion, and how to control your Sim's mood at all times.

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TYSM I found this really usefulSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSleepSleep
29th July 2015 9:27pm
Carl's guides are great! Glad you are finding that too.
9th January 2016 5:50pm
I found that using the computer and browsing Sims TV gave me a 4 hour moodlet!
5th August 2015 12:55am
What helped me is changing a sim appereance and when in cas mode, choosing the sim who's stuck at work and pressing the Okay button.
15th September 2015 10:58am
I love all of these things for your help!!!
11th January 2016 2:07pm
Carl's guides are pretty great! Happy to hear you think that too. Smile
11th January 2016 3:25pm
My sim is playful because of playful decor, but theres no playful decor around. Its driving me crazy. Shes having all these emotions from decor but theres no decor in my house!!!!!!
20th January 2016 10:17pm
It might be an item in the world that is giving off a playful aura. Or maybe something that is in the garden maybe? Did you download the house from the Gallery? The other thing it might be is a playful moodlet from watching comedy on the T.V. this can happen even if your sim does not have the Goofball trait. Also the lump of clay can make a sim playful depending on the shape they make with it and once it is placed on a surface (and not being held by the sim) it will give off an environment aura.
20th January 2016 11:20pm
Thanks for all the wonderful guides over the years!

I have discovered, quite by accident, a new moodlet not in the guide. If your bathtub has the "Jet" upgrade, a child can choose to play in the jets and receive a +2 Playful moodlet for four hours.
22nd January 2016 8:38am
I think you'll find there are many moodlets not listed in the formal guides. There are just too many to list!
We have a list that is on-going on the forum. Smile Even that doesn't have everything! Have a read a leave and post on the thread if you have found any more. It would be amazing to have a complete list.
Emotions and Item/Actions That influence Them
22nd January 2016 7:14pm
There is no playful potion. I completed all bar tending aspirations and there is no playful potion. Mad
28th January 2017 6:55pm
No the Playful Essence is gained from feeding a sim who is in the playful emotion to a cow plant and then milking the cow plant gives you the playful essence drink.
29th January 2017 8:42pm
The guide mentioned a potion AND essence. It talked about TWO drinkables. There's only one. The essence. That's what I was complaining about
30th January 2017 5:38pm
Oh! I see! Sorry that you did all that as there is totally no playful potion from being a Master Mixologist! Crying I will make sure Carl fixes that asap. The Playful Potion listed there doesn't exist in the game anymore.
31st January 2017 4:37pm
I've noticed that the coffee machine doesn't give my sims any moodlets anymore. Not sure if it's intentional or not. I've only tried it at my own house and not out in the world - might be just my lot, but it would be interesting to know if anyone else has noticed this.
4th August 2018 9:18am
Yes, it's a bug. If your sims drink the 'take out version of the coffee then they will still get the associated moodlets.
4th August 2018 8:03pm
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