“Play is the primary engine of human growth; it’s universal – as much as walking and talking. Play is the way children build ideas and how they make sense of their experience and feel safe. Just look at all the math concepts at work in the intricate buildings of kindergartners. Or watch a 4-year-old put on a cape and pretend to be a superhero after witnessing some scary event.” – Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed. D.
Last week I sat down and wrote down all the toys that Plum and Little Bear play with on a daily basis. I wrote down what type of play dominates their day. For Plum, it’s pretend play with little figures (fairies, people, animals), dress up play, drawing, building. For Little Bear it’s dumping, throwing, banging, chewing (of course). There are a lot of toys that sit idly by, untouched each day, and cluttering up the house. This is my constant project. The never-ending toy battle.Continue Reading "Behind the Toys: Intentional Play"