We have all heard this before, and maybe even said it ourselves:
The children are "just playing". [gasp!]
However, as early childhood educators,we really do know better than that.
Research knows better than that, too. Play is the healthiest and most authentic way children learn about themselves, about others and about the world they live in. A great Play resource is The National Institue for Play led by founder Dr. Stuart Brown.
Thanks to Amy from Child Central Station for starting this series "Just Playing?" which will be a weekly blog hop. Bloggers will be sharing photos - usually without supporting text - to allow readers to think about Just Playing in a thoughtful, reflective way.
Questions for consideration:
What is happening in the photos?
Who are the players?
What materials are present?
What are the developmental values embedded - possibly - in the scenarios?
Why is any of this play important?
This premiere week of Just Playing, I am sharing a sequence of three children working collaboratively with wood blocks. I was intrigued by their group work, yet I was also intrigued by one member's physical engagement with the structure.
What do you see? What do you think is inside of this play?
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This post is part of the "Just Playing?" Blog Hop!