I keep on reading about how we can make “play” different, better, more or less, occur.... free play, structured play, directed play, constructive play, messy play.. I am sure I have missed loads out.
I have an amazing story teller who can capture the whims of children and lead their imagination and ideas into a whole raft of lands and events. His work is leading him further and further into segueing his days around the desires and imaginations of his friends (aka children).
I was part of the team of people, doctors, philosophers, play workers in the 1970’s and 80’s who came up with the definition, “Play is any action which is freely chosen, intrinsically motivated and non-detrimental” and I keep seeing bits of it being used (and sometimes abused... “Play is any activity!”)around and about our sector.
I have visited schools in Iceland where groups of children play together in spaces and rooms WITH NO ADULT INTERVENTION at all. Where respectful adults keep a respectful distance both indoors and out.
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