“Over the years, I have noticed that the child who learns quickly is adventurous. She’s ready to run risks. She approaches life with arms outspread. She wants to take it all in. She still has the desire of the very young child to make sense out of things. She’s not concerned with concealing her ignorance or protecting herself. She’s ready to expose herself to disappointment and defeat. She has a certain confidence. She expects to make sense out of things sooner or later. She has a kind of trust.”
let the children play!
But what is playing? When do and should children play? Are children the only ones who play? For what means do they play? What role does playing “play” in their daily life? How important is it in their upbringing? And later on, in adulthood? Everyone experience childhood in fundamentally different ways; as different as humans are from each other. Nevertheless, these individual experiences are also formed by as many similarities as we are as humans. One of them consists of an enormous amount of time spent (or the desire of) playing. Engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a “serious” or practical purpose, is one of the most common ways through which children express themselves. The act of playing is noted as a central tool for a child to make sense of the world around them. It is a safe-space where children can create an abstraction of reality, making up challenge and rules, which benefits a deeper understanding of real-life complexities. Playing can help develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments, later on in life.