The enterprise of play among youth is a serious matter. Play is the essence of learning for all humans. The over whelming joy and gaiety of children wading in a puddles, shaping a sand castle with their hands, making ice-cream from sand or dressing up a doll, is a carefully structured event at the heart of the experience of learning.
Play is a continuum of deeply enriched experiences and youth are architects, engineers, physicists, mathematicians and artists in control of their own discoveries or creations, as they execute their interpretation of the world. Playing is a humanistic need, a catalyst to learning. Our duty as parents, educators, nannies, and mentors is to construct their immediate surrounding with a myriad of materials, to provide the optimal environment for their play to fully thrive and most of all get out of their way.
Play is a curriculum within its self. However it is mainly invented by the young masters as they craft, mold, and design it as it unravels through their own experiences. Play is a complex dynamic leading to building relationships, communication, and a deeper understanding of life’s concepts. In itself play is both an independent and cooperative enterprise at the core building a sense of self.
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