My Connection to Play
“It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play. Many functional skills like literacy and arithmetic can be learned either through play or through instruction – the issue is the amount of stress on the child. However, many coping skills like compassion, self-regulation, self-confidence, the habit of active engagement, and the motivation to learn and be literate cannot be instructed. They can only be learned through self-directed experience (i.e. play). ~ Susan J. Oliver (author, Playing for Keeps)
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~ Fred (Mr.) Roger
Water spurting out from the ground is always such a pleasurable play thing for children
Wash Hands Together
Girl Playing Alone
With the right toys, a child can lose herself in the world of toys and play for long hours with her imaginary friends.
Children Playing On The Slide
Children get together to play on a slide and slide their way to fun.
Photography By Nisha Patel
My Three Favorite Childhood Toys:
Children are the future of the world. They are also the most likeable beings on the earth. Every grown-up looks forward to spending time with their kids, if they have any. And if they don’t have any, they love the idea of getting to know their friend’s or sibling’s children instead. The image of a child playing is so natural and sweet that it can help take away all the tension from a person’s life.
Children are so innocent and amusing that everyone looses sense of time when playing with them. Not only is it entertaining to hang out with children, it is also a great stress reliever. Furthermore, you will be surprised at the number of things you can learn from a child just based on their intuition and exposure. Play was everything for me. I always had pretend friends. I came from a large family, but I love my pretend play friend. We can travel anywhere and share our dreams.
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children.
Isenberg J, Quisenberry NL. Play: a necessity for all children. Child Educ.1988;64 :138– 14