Play can become quite a serious and sometimes hotly contested topic. Until you know the exquisite pleasure of getting out of the way and really letting children play it can be a little difficult to decipher. Even as a teacher of preschool aged children I have to stop myself from doing two things
- ‘Over thinking’ the danger that might potentially cause accidents or injuries
- Getting too excited and adding my two cents worth before a child has the chance to share their understanding with me or other adults
Speaking with a very experienced colleague we were sharing some of our observations made when giving children genuine opportunity to discover and explore open ended materials in the outdoor setting,
we both took a moment to really enjoy discussing the totally unique ways children differ in their ideas and problem solving based on their experiences, preferences and creativity…
That is why I love and value play as so highly in a world we are discovering that our own sense of self is constantly waiting to be discovered and shared in our every day lives.
Spending time engrossed in play with children and adults reminds me that life is meant to be enjoyed and is a beautiful and natural way to help us connect and express what makes us who we are from the inside out.