I was inspired today by this quote attributed to Fred “Mr.” Rogers.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
If play is really the work of childhood, then what do we say to our children if we do not create a world in which they may play? The natural world has done a very good job of creating an environment where children may run in, climb up or simply contemplate the world that is around them. Natural habitats provide ample learning opportunities to explore the ways in which everything is connected and how we might imagine that things are.
Is that bush really a bush, or is it an excellent plant for hide and seek? What about that tree? Is it just a tree, or is is the tallest tower that guards a treasure at the top? And what about the acorns, pine cones, needls and leaves that are falling to the ground at this time of year? If we allow children to cultivate their imaginations, then who knows what kind of world they might create.