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.
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.
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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