Thursday, September 25, 2008

Child Led Play



So, I have recently read that child led play is becoming a thing of the past. This makes me sad. Kids are getting involved in more sports at earlier ages, replacing the much needed and beneficial child led play with adult led play which is much more about the rules and much less about the imagination and the ability to create and work together without adult rules. In my opinion, it is important to encourage child led play as much as possible in all ages, including the older ages, as high as 6th and 7th graders, not just in pre-schoolers and elementary ages.




I love the web site hearthsong.com. It has a lot of toys and activities that encourage creativity and imagination. One of my favorites are play silks. These can be bought on a toy web site or a web site that sells dyed silk scarves. These scarves open up so many opportunities for role playing and creative play.






Another fun addition to the toy closet are a good set of stilts, especially fun for the older kids. These help with developement of balance and motor skills. And they are great fun for kids when they have more than one set. They can have obstacle courses or races.







Stacking toys are also tons of fun. Another that my kids have is this Star Stack Ups set. They have had so much fun seeing how high they can stack them and then knocking them down with the ball included.


9 comments:

libu said...

thanks for the post, my boyfriend's niece just had a baby last month. nice to have a good source of quality toys etc. LIsa

Sarah said...

I love Heathsong! My mom bought toys from them for my siblings and I for years, and now I do for my boys. Thanks for spreading the word about good, quality toys. REAL toys! :)

kim* said...

i have an early childhood background and can't imagine playing glames with rules with very young children... it is ok once in a while to see if they get concepts but for the most part young children should be free to play and experience their set up environment themselves..

twiddlestix said...

I love Hearthsong too! Great post backwoods!

The Great Ethan Allen said...

Ah the good old days of being a kid. the things we would come up with. Weasels, waterfights, cops and robbers on giant 3 speed bikes. Why can't people just let the kids be kids anymore? I grew up just fine. thanks for the post.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Yes, play stimulates creativity and I believe we should continue to play even as adults:) Sometimes, work and life gets in the way, doesn't it?

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I couldn't agree more! Remember when we were kids (well, for me it was 40 years ago! lol) and there were kids outside playing everywhere? Where are they now--I look around and wonder where the kids are. They need to be out playing, or inside playing something that is not on a screen! Good post.
Smiles, Karen

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Meaghan said...

What a great post! I couldn't agree with you more. Children have wonderful imaginations and need a place to let them bloom.

Have a great week!

-Meaghan