Oct 12, 2011

The Secrets of Play

As an Early Childhood Educator, I am continuously surprised by the language of play. Play is like art... no two children paint the same play picture. The way their play evolves is unique and dynamic. Sometimes by watching our children play, a secret may be revealed to us. Here's a recent revelation I had while observing my daughter play....

My daughter has a set of craft drawers in her play room. The drawers contain assorted papers for her to choose from. She also has a selection of containers which hold her markers, pencils and crayons. I frequently set up her play room for the following day's activities and every day I discover the same thing... the drawers crammed full of all the drawing supplies.

I figured my daughter was cleaning up the fastest way possible until one day I watched her closely.

"I'm here!" she exclaimed.

"Wait for me!" she said as she put the green pencil crayon in the hole.

"We want to come too!"

"There's... not... enough... room... for... us."

So now I know. The crayons, markers, and pencils were going to a party at their friend's house. Of course they had to go through the door... the circular door.

Do you watch your children play? What secrets have you discovered?

3 comments:

  1. That is so adorable! What an amazing observation to make!

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  2. Omgosh, I just love this! I know exactly what you mean... Sometimes the logical explanation is not at all logical to our kids, and the actual explanation is far more splendid than we could have ever imagined!

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  3. Thanks for your comments Carolyn and Sofia!

    After making this observation, I realized that I should spend more time watching my daughter play... I'm sure there's several other secrets that would be revealed.

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