Jun 19 2017

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A Child at Play

see a child at playA Child at Play

Have you ever taken the time to watch a child at play? She is a master at the art. And it’s not just filling up time or making life easier for mom because she’s busy. She’s learning and developing life skills. Skills she will use all throughout her life.

The lists below are some of what happens during play. The next time you see your child play, take time to observe. What skills do you suspect she is developing?

Skills developed in play (alone)

  1. Problem solving
  2. Self-reliance
  3. Body awareness
  4. Sustained focus
  5. Creativity
  6. Spacial awareness
  7. Cause and effect
  8. Imagination
  9. Practical knowledge of science (physics, chemistry, biology)
  10. Independence

Skills developed in play (with others)

  1. Conflict resolution
  2. Compromise
  3. Leadership
  4. Service
  5. Teamwork
  6. Communication
  7. Synergy

In honor of Jean, who went to be with the Lord in 2014, I continue to learn about children and play. This quote reminds me of her, her love for children, and the value she placed on play. She understood the power of play in life, development, and growth of a child. Play is often touted as optional. Seen only as a recreational activity. Play is essential. Facilitating play needs to be raised as a priority in education. May that message continue on in me.

Erik Erikson encapsulates the wonder and marvel of play. If you want to know your child, watch her play.

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Note: I found the quote from Erik Erikson at brainyquote.com.

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