When was the last time you played?

I don’t mean a good old grown up game such as Trivial Pursuit, I mean the no holds barred, barrel of fun, play.

If the answer is yesterday, last week or even last month, then congratulations.  Most of us can’t remember playing since we were little children and splashing in a puddle or climbing a tree.

Boy carefully climbing tree

The look of concentration on his face is wonderful

I’m not advocating that you rush out and climb the nearest tree (unless you feel compelled of course) but to consider doing something just for the pure fun of it.  Go on, think of something right now!

It’s hard isn’t it?

As a child the most normal thing is to play with complete gay abandon.  When do we lose this wonderful feeling?  Or, when do we decide that it isn’t appropriate to act in this way?

As a teacher of children between the ages of 4 and 11, I have been in a position to be able to watch children develop and reach their potential.  I have also seen the results of children who have been deprived of this ability to progress.

In so many circumstances it comes down to ‘play’.  It is absolutely vital that children have the opportunity to take part in the no holds barred, barrel of fun play as well as structured, imaginative and educational play.  This is how they learn.  Through play.

This ‘learning through play’ doesn’t disappear when we reach a certain age or level of development.  Sometimes it is because of pressure from peers, environment, family or the media.

“You’re too old to be playing with that” is a common phrase we hear over and over.  If you ever hear yourself saying this to a child, please take a step back and ask yourself why.

Play is a crucial, enjoyable and educational pastime and just as children do, we as adults, should be doing it every day to enhance our lives and develop our skills.

Please let me know your thoughts on this subject.  I’d love to hear from you.  Use the little box below and I’ll get back to you a.s.a.p.

Thank you

Jackie

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