• Children think and talk about play frequently and this is the primary focus of their daily lives.
• Children need large blocks of uninterrupted time in order to experiment with materials, develop play scenarios.
• Children find peace, solace and healing in play by themselves and with others.
• In play children often function at a higher cognitive level.
• Children enjoy small, cozy, cubby-hole like hidden spaces to play in.
• Play can be a minefield; it is not always easy to enter play with other children and do so successfully.
• Children enact their own cultural experiences, enact the culture of peers and reinvent/explore culture in their play.
• Children often invite playful adults into their play as co-authors and co-players.
• While adults primarily use talk to communicate, children are multi-vocal and use vocalizations, gestures, movement, singing and dance as they playfully communicate.
• Children understand the communications of each other during play while adults are often baffled.
• Children find play to be a spiritual and holy place and express this in their silences and reflections.
• Children express feelings and provide empathy to others in play.
• Play promotes wellness and healing as children disburse tensions in their play.
• Playing in unstructured ways is a place of joy for children.
• Children have their own distinctly unique and shifting play styles, patterns, vocal habits and ways of playing.
• There is no “right way” to play.
• Children are capable of solving their own problems during play.
• Play is a platform for identity-making as children try on roles and explore and experiment.
• When adults play alongside children the children reveal their meaning-making.
• Children communicate empathy, tenderness, intimacy, sharing and human connection in play.
• Children have agency and are empowered in play; one of the few places they have this freedom.
• Popular culture including movies, computer games, stories read is appropriated in play.
• Children enjoy the creative flexibility of moving props from one play centre to another.
• Children need to move in order to learn.
• Children do not always use play materials in expected ways and their thinking is often divergent and surprising.
• The quality of the adult-child relationship is fundamental to the learning process.
• Children would rather “play” with adults and not have adult learning agendas integrated into their spontaneous play.
• Playful adults inspire playful children.
(As revealed by the children at Learning Tree Preschool, 2008-09)
Robin Adeney passed this along to me. I think it is a good reminder of why play is important for children and adults. Have a playful day!
Art Therapy, Somatic Therapy Websites
- ► 2012 (35)
- ▼ June (5)
- ► 2010 (64)
- ► 2009 (72)