Technique 82 – Understand play as a way to provide optimal opportunities.
Play is Experiential
One way to understand this concept is by analyzing child play materials. The richer experientially the play experience, the more meaningful is the play. A popular play item in today’s times is play dough. Play dough, a substance for kneading and creating, is a descendant of the mud pie. When that became too dirty for parents of the time, clay became the replacement. When that became too inconvenient for parents of the time, play dough was developed. Now, some parents avoid play dough because of the mess it can make.
I know you know what happened next…
Adapted from Constructive Parenting by Sally Goldberg p. 94
Virtual play is only so good and must be monitored carefully. Remember, sand in sandboxes and at the beach is still there. Other hands-on activities are also still available.
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