Here is a wonderful post on the importance of play for children by the excellent teacher, Jennie.

A Teacher's Reflections

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.”

~Mr. Rogers~

The dinosaurs are congregating.
They don’t look happy.

“They need to be fed.  They need food.
Don’t worry.  I’m getting leaves ready for them.”

“We need more cones.
We have to block off the construction site.”

“Jennie, we used every block.  Every one.
We sealed off the tower with trucks and cones.
Can you take our picture?”

This is how children figure things out.  Problem solving, working together, and critical divergent thinking are rooted in play.  Teachers step aside.  Sometimes the best learning happens when things don’t go right- when another child took some of the cones, and when the amazing tower was threatened to be knocked down.

Did I intervene?  Absolutely not.  No one was  hurt.  It was up…

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5 thoughts on “Play

  1. I cannot see a plastic dinosaur and not remember the introduction to the television show Ray Bradbury Theater — his writing room filled to the brim with toys and objects and miscellaneous THINGS… he said he’d pick one, contemplate on it awhile, a form a story…. THAT is why we have trouble writing as adults: we forget how to PLAY!!!!

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  2. Playing through life, is serious business for LIFE! for adults, too, though we stoically show up to protect the children, while sacrificing our own time or demanding other adults quit ‘fooling around, wasting time’ – sigh –

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