Play – Just do it!
This morning in my news feed, Facebook was kind enough to show me my memories for today and one of those was this amazing photo series that I took of my husband two years ago as he backflipped a scooter while jumping on a trampoline. The photo instantly bought a smile to my face as I remembered how determined he was to “nail it” and the laughter that was had by all who were there as he simply played. He is pretty playful by nature and sometimes I find myself envying that.
This year I decided to change that feeling and embrace more play for myself and I would encourage you to do the same.
When I was working in my former service, I had a great team who were all pretty playful. We often had water fights with the children, rolled down the hill with them, had turns on tyre swings, found ourselves knee deep in mud and plenty of other playful, fun things. Families always used to comment that it was so lovely to see our educators actually playing with the children and not just supervising. And it made our work day more enjoyable!
So, as advocates for children’s play, let’s practice what we preach.
Instead of watching the kids at the park on the flying fox…. have a go!
Instead of laughing at the little ones sliding on cardboard down the hill… do it!
Instead of worrying about our hair getting wet…have a water bomb fight on a hot day!
This article from the Huffington Post highlights some great points and basically the message is clear – if play is so important for children (as we know it is!) how can it not be just as important for adults?
I would love to hear your thoughts – are you playful?
By Nicole Halton
We have some great resources on play, including these stickers, posters and books