Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Just Playing




Years ago when I was in teacher’s college I studied the role of play in child development and over the years I’ve continued to be a fascinated observer of children at play. As I’ve observed children around me here I’m continually amazed at the ingenuity of children. When children have adequate nutrition, a safe environment and time, then play results . A case in point is the son of our former sponsor child. At his last medical appointment in Kampala, Ryan was very lethargic and withdrawn until we had lunch. With a full tummy he was all go and we were astounded at the change.

Our day with Sam and his siblings just before Christmas provided more interesting examples of children’s play. I watched as Sarah carefully laid out little pebbles in intricate patterns arranging and rearranging them to make pictures. An old bicycle tube became a hoola-hoop. A vine became a skipping rope. Construction scraps were quickly gathered up and used to practise hammering and sawing skills. My favourite example was the see-saw Dan and Sarah made out of a piece of wood and a tree stump. Dan even tried to use a rock and some discarded nails to attach the board to the stump. Running, jumping, skipping, building, pretending, imagining, laughing . . . the joys of play!

 

1 comment:

  1. Glad that you were able to see Laura. It sounds like your travels to see her were much more exciting than Helen and mine when we went to see her in Northern Saskatchewan. We had no chicken hiding under our seat.

    Cheers, Uncle Rod

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