Our life is spent solving problems.
Some are minor little molehills and some are monstrous great mountains.
Every quandary, difficulty or issue is solved by building on our prior knowledge. So, it stands to reason that the better the knowledge, the better the problem solving skill.
These skills are developed throughout childhood and honed as adults. You can’t hone what isn’t there though.
Extensive research has been carried out to prove that play does, indeed, give us the problem solving skills on which we can build throughout our life. Playing with water and a bucket full of holes isn’t only getting the children wet, they are learning crucial concepts.
Most adults have forgotten how to really play and feel that play needs to have a ‘reason’; to be enjoyable it must have a purpose. We watch the children play and, however well-intentioned, interfere with the learning. What if? How about? What happens when? These questions turn a state of play into a state of work.
Children are playing when they are in control. They are working when someone else is in control. Working doesn’t give the same freedom to express, learn or understand no matter how much fun the activity may be.
It is vital that children of all ages are given freedom to play on their own terms. This is the way they have fun as well as gain experience and information they will use in later life to solve their mountainous problems
How can the problems of the world be solved if future generations aren’t able to learn their problem solving techniques through play? Who knows what solutions could be found with a bucket full of holes and a water table.