Remember when we all played outside until dark? and we had no idea what an app was? When the kids were happy with the snow just because?
When it was ok to eat it?
Eat a lot of it. For almost an hour.
and it inspired all kinds of adventures like this exploration
and snow angels were the most satisfying thing to make
aside from snow men of course.
and then there’s always the pretend chair lifts….
Lets get back to that. Even when there isn’t snow. Days like this are the best kind of day because we are using our imagination, and playing hard. Really playing. Just because:)
Just when I start to wonder how I am going to merge my master’s degree in Kinesiology with my passion for teaching preschool, I find my answer. I am studying the History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education and I come to the chapter entitled: The Transformation of Physical Education 1900 – 1939. During this time is when we see the development of play theory and here is where I find my connection between my two passions, become completely re-inspired in my pursuit of this degree, and hopefully inspire you all too….
“Play and its natural extensions-games and sport-were the ideal mechanisms for development. Play has as much soul as body, and also why it makes for unity of body and soul that the proverb ‘man is whole only when he plays’ suggests that the purest plays are those that enlist both alike…Thus understood, play is the ideal type of exercise for the young, most favorable for the growth, and most self-regulating in both kind and amount. Furthermore, there are 811 human characteristics to be learned in the development of play activities of children”.
G. Stanley Hall (1844-1924) Psychologist and Educator, Leader in the Child Study Movement
“The importance of play in the physical development and education of the individual has become better recognized and appreciated year by year….It has been shown that normal play is not only important but also absolutely necessary to the normal development of boys or girls both physically and mentally, and morally as well. Play and the play spirit constitute perhaps the most important single element in growth and education: in fact, looked at broadly, play is the most serious thing in life“.
Paul Phillips, American Physical Education Review, 1912
Kids are the best at improv
like when they made a see saw today
and it totally worked
Try not to interrupt the improvisation. Take pictures and enjoy!
We have a ton of rocks on our playground. Just big enough to be heavy and solid. Just small enough for 4 and 5 year olds to pick up and build with. We love them.
We love them because they make great habitats for dinosaurs….
MLS trophy stands……
and road blocks.
These rocks require some strong muscles and the kids work tirelessly carrying them and piling them up. It’s great exercise and inspires lots of teamwork. We love all that too.