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    Power of Playing

    Play maybe the higest form of research as misattributed to Mr Einstein, but play is also a verb describing the active exploration of the connections between objects. During early-years these objects must be physical, as our brains still require a strong sensory component to understand them, and as we play with them, turn them over, hold them in different orientations near one another, we create connections in our brain about how and how they do not relate to one another and to us. Playing creates an environment for this process to be fun and self-motivating, free of rigid goals and allowing us to keep our brains open to new connections.

    Power of Playing

    Play maybe the higest form of research as misattributed to Mr Einstein, but play is also a verb describing the active exploration of the connections between objects. During early-years these objects must be physical, as our brains still require a strong sensory component to understand them, and as we play with them, turn them over, hold them in different orientations near one another, we create connections in our brain about how and how they do not relate to one another and to us. Playing creates an environment for this process to be fun and self-motivating, free of rigid goals and allowing us to keep our brains open to new connections.

    Open


    Playing with no perceived boundaries, a space of unlimited potential and opportunity for children to explore in which ever way they choose free of adult intervention. There should be no instructions either printed or by design.

    Free


    Unstructured, voluntary, child-initiated activity that allows children to develop their imaginations while exploring and experiencing the world around them. It spontaneously comes from children's natural curiosity, love of discovery, and enthusiasm.

    Owned Choice


    Wherever the childs curiosity leads them is where they should be, freely chosen, and if we insist on an action the the value is often lost for a child. There is no logic or order to follow, and any attempt to introduce adult logic to a child discourages the exploration of the inquistive mind.

    Ultimately playing is playful, it's light, cheerful and fun. It is also an invaluable exploration of the world that builds the foundations of our brains (read more) and primes our brains for a lifetime of creativity and learning.

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”. George Bernard Shaw

     

    Ultimately playing is playful, it's light, cheerful and fun. It is also an invaluable exploration of the world that builds the foundations of our brains (read more) and primes our brains for a lifetime of creativity and learning.

    We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” 

    George Bernard Shaw (actually)