“My Connection to Play “
This is what Is do with my grandchildren. And what I used to do at this age, Enjoying play time, that has now been taken away from the children. While doing this is I am interacting with them. However, it lets me now that you are never too old to do anything. Playing with them I enjoy it, and they do as well. Building with them by using the blocks. We build and it puts the child in a place of pretending is what role play is. They will sometimes tell you I will build you a house. And depending on their ages, they will tell you what they want to be when they grow up.
While growing up in the housing project. This is what my siblings and friends as children use to do. Turn the fire hydrate on and just play everyone enjoyed it. Sometimes our parents would join us it was so much fun. Parents were engaged in role play, playing with their children. This is what play time meant to us, when a child gets punish your playtime gets taken away. And you feel; like everything has been taken away. Enjoyed the times when easter arrived and we made Easter baskets out a shoe box. Missing those days, getting to do thin with my kids and grandchildren. So many things have changed, nothing is the same. Sometimes wishing things could go back to those days. Spending time with the grandparents. Who spoiled you so much, you looked for grandma, and grandpa. To just give your way. Nothing is the same, losing my mother around easter time. I role play on being her around this time. She was my best friend, my everything. What she left instilled in me will never forget.The memories started dancing at the age of 4 and twirling batons. She supported me in whatever I did.
The importance of role plays for children (and us…)
Role play involves imagination, and …
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
When children do role plays, they naturally become someone or something else. Role play stimulates their imagination and “enhanced(es) their social development, encourage(es) friendship through cooperation, listening and turn taking”. Therefore, role play is a really vital activity for our children.
Our children can learn many skills and attitudes during role play, and learn how to be co-operative (teamwork) and be empathetic with others. They can learn to express all their feelings. They also can learn about other cultures and improve their language and movement skills.
During role plays, our children can experience school activities like literacy and numeracy. In the playing shop, our children can “encompass all the aspects of the curriculum”. They can learn about money, about politeness and the right way to ask questions and respond etc. Role play can help our children to make sense of their world.
The Central Importance of Play
I’ve been wanting to write about the importance of play for some time, but every time I try to do it the enormity of the topic just overwhelms me. How on earth can you contain in a single post the huge significance of a playful childhood?! So instead I want to simply outline a few key points and illustrate with the various forms that playfulness takes in the early years.
“Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.” Joseph Chiltern Pearce
Children are playful by nature:
From a very young age children interact with the world around them using all of their senses, taking cues from those who engage with them and imitating their actions, sounds and behaviours. We are our child’s most important and influential teachers and we are being watched, constantly. We are not all, however, instinctively good at knowing how to play with our babies and toddlers, especially if we haven’t had much contact with young people in our lives before becoming parents, but it’s easy to learn. Playing with our children is much more natural and much less scary than we realise. For example, almost everybody at some point just “knows” to play Peekaboo with a baby, and just think of all the skills that little game teaches a child! Communication, interaction, taking turns, cause and effect, humour, object permanence, eye contact, facial gestures, emotions and the list could go on! All from a simple, easy game that requires absolutely nothing but a willing, engaged parent.
My thoughts, the only difference now in role play. Is that the things we did. Children today don’t want to do. My grandson do not want to play with toys. He wants cell phones, computers. Turning the television off and on. Role Play is so important to children, this is their way of playing. Cooking, talking on the phone, using the computers. They are all growing up so fast. What can we do to get it back into the schools The daycare centers, still allow them to play inside and outside.
I am doing Role Play right now making Easter Baskets pretending to have a shop. Putting a smile a children’s face.