#ThePrompt – Play

It is a happy talent to know how to play.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This great quote is the inspiration for this week’s #ThePrompt.  We love playing in our house.  I think that it is something that every child should do as much as they can and every adult should strive to keep up too.

Imagination and play go hand in hand with us.  I think that being given the tools to be able to play is important in childhood.  Giving children time to explore their own ideas during play helps them to process what they are thinking about or what they have just learned.  Structuring some play for them helps them to learn more about the world around them.  I think a balance needs to be struck between the two.

Watering the strawberries after playing with the watering can
Watering the strawberries after playing with the watering can.

Giving children the vocabulary they need to extend their play is also important.  Reading regularly to children, talking to them using the correct vocabulary for the task in hand as well as giving them alternative vocabulary for certain things helps them to think more.

Creative play
Creative play

I think play is very, very important in the lives of all children. Being given the chance, time and opportunities to play will make a child think well, be more creative and help them to become imaginative adults.

What did you enjoy playing when you were younger?  What do your children enjoy playing now?

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6 thoughts on “#ThePrompt – Play

  1. Creativity and play seem in relatively short supply for the masses. It seems so much easier to switch on the TV or tablet and have an electronic babysitter. Children learn so much more from play and discovery! Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday

  2. I love this post. I was also very much into imaginative play as a child – toy kitchens, shops, dolls, pushchairs etc, and it’s the sort of play both Harrison and Alex love – in fact it was mentioned on Harrison’s school report how much he loves it! Any sort of play is important though, and I love that I have the chance to do it all over again! Thanks for linking up to #SuperparentSaturday

  3. I have had to relearn how to play since having my children, and it is a real joy to watch them, and to play with them. I think giving them the tools to play imaginatively is so important, and I worry about getting the balance between structured and unstructured play right. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

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