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.
This week's highlighted photos focus on a 4 year old girl working with clay - with her hands and with a clay cutting tool - to form, manipulate and deconstruct her exploration.
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?
THANKS FOR "JUST PLAYING" WITH CLAY!
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