The debate on play has hotted up this past week with Sir Ken Robinson adding his eminent voice to the push for more play in children’s lives, especially their school lives: see below for his view. It fits perfectly with a Glenaeon view on play. At the Edu-TECH conference held in Sydney last week Professor Pasi Sahlberg, formerly of Finland and now of UNSW, was introducing his new book called Let the Children Play. He documents the decline in unstructured play in children’s lives in mainstream schools and outlines all the health and wellbeing benefits that unstructured play provides.
As well as physical health, play is profoundly important for mental and emotional health. The child lives in a world where the definitions of the adult mind are yet to fall into place with their inexorable force. A chair is a chair to us as adults, and only a chair. To the child it may be many things, whatever their imagination can make it to be in their world of play: a horse, a rocket ship, a fire engine, a fortress…whatever will serve the creative vision of the play scenario they are enacting. This wonderful time of childhood play is a world of infinite possibility, where the definitions of the adult world are overturned and a self-directed creative vision is lived out. Click to continue