Monday, November 23, 2015
Let 'em play
The natural developmental impulse of children to play is something that we tamper with at our own risk. Taking it away is like taking away their tools for genius. This recent article in the Straits Times, Let Kids Play to Help Them Succeed in Life, tells about five distinct types of play, (some of which adults still like to do): physical play, play with objects, symbolic play, pretense play, and games with rules.
The author tells about the creativity researcher George Lands who called children "genius-level divergent thinkers" who are naturals at coming up with multiple responses to problems, solutions that are highly imaginative and unrestrained.
Cultivating this natural genius seems like a good idea for educators to embrace. For sure, giving children time for exploratory play is key. At Parker, with a mission of inspiring curiosity and nurturing confidence, giving time and importance to play is one of the most important parts of our curriculum.