Play, It’s more important than you think

May 15, 2015 by

Play, It’s more important than you think

I ran across this fun article floating around Facebook.  33 Activities for Kids That Cost Under $10 Dollars.  Some of these activities looked like a lot of fun.  While the examples they show look a little too “neat” to be done by kids, with some of the activities you can hand them the materials they need and step back.  As a matter of fact it might be a good idea to let them develop their own style of play with their friends.  The amount of learning, experimentation and problem solving the kids can do on their own is amazing if you let them try before swooping in to help.

Take a look at the tin foil and hose experiment, what is the worse that could happen.  First they could actually learn how to rip foil from the role or they could get a small cut in the process.  They could learn how to control or roll up a hose when the were done.  Don’t worry it is still OK to drink from a hose once in awhile.  Have you done it lately, it is still a fun thing to do. Little Jack 1

Several years ago I wrote an article called Play Skills Are More Important Than You Think. With all the changes in our society and education today, emphasis on play has gone by the wayside.  The developmental experts are not promoting PLAY the way they use to.  I seem to remember much of my initial education in college, focused on the different stages of play.  

I hope all kids get to have some fun over the summer, play with their friends, learn the art of problem solving and become creative on their own.

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