They found trees to climb, monkey bar branches to swing on, and lots of dead branches. The children played school, survival and house, their imaginations in full swing.
- Children choose what to play. As leaders, we had a plan for the day. But we decided to go with what the children were interested in, and we could never have predicted how wonderful the morning turned out to be.
- In play, it’s the moment that is important. The children were engaged in the moment, having fun and making things up as they went along. There was no end-product to worry about. Focusing on the present gives freedom, flexibility and opportunities for spontaneous decision making
- Children are motivated from within. Children have a natural desire to play, explore and ask questions about the world around them. As empty snail shells were found, questions of what happened to the snails emerged. Something within each child made the decision to play with sticks, carry large stones, check out new paths, collect shells, or run down hills.
5. Play is fun! The joy seen on faces and heard in children’s voices was contagious. There was joy in running down a hill or being “up high” in a tree. There is excitement in collecting rocks or shells. There is peace in resting on the forest floor.
by Giselle Carter