Sunday, May 29, 2011

Play = A Child's Work!

One of my favorite things in the entire world is to watch my kids play... I find it absolutely fascinating!

“Play is not only our creative drive; it’s a fundamental mode of learning.”
~ David Elkind (psychologist, author)

“The main characteristic of play – whether of child or adult – is not it content but its mode.
Play is an approach to action, not a form of activity.”
~ Jerome Bruner (psychologist, professor)

“Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that our future needs.” ~ James L. Hymes Jr. (child development specialist, author)

“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)

Below is how Daniel pushes Katelyn's buttons... he doesn't like playing with dolls but he knows that if he takes her doll and plays with it then she will freak out and he loves getting a reaction from her! She is not a perfect angelic sister either... the other day I was in the laundry room and I heard Katelyn screaming so I thought that Daniel was trying to hold her and that makes her mad so I yelled, "Daniel, Stop It!" Nothing stopped, she kept screaming so I thought I should walk out to see what was going on... he was sitting on his Power Wheels and she was PUSHING him off and yelling at him because she wanted on! So, the sibling fun has already started:)

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
~ O. Fred Donaldson (martial arts master)

“Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.”
~ Roger von Oech (President, Creative Think)

So, go out and play today... no matter your age or whether you a parent or not! We all need to play more!
My friend Leah sent me this amazing recipe and Brendon and I "played" around in the kitchen and made this and it is soooooooooo amazing! You will never order a pizza again!

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