A girl darts around the corner making beeping noises. She's just playing. But what are kids really doing when they play? This workshop is about the purpose of play and creativity and how to manage play so that it doesn't become harmful.
Think of some questions that you have about play and creativity and write them down. What do you think children learn during play time? Why do children play?
How can playing help children develop? What is the importance of dramatic play? Can playing help a child develop in more than one area? Is there such a thing as too much playing? Take a moment to compare your own responses to the things said by the people in the program.
Play is how children naturally learn
It stimulates brain growth
It lays down the foundations for later learning
Dramatic play helps children develop their social roles
Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can you support dramatic play without directing it? How can you make materials easily available to the children?
What different themes for a prop box would your children enjoy? What new words or ideas would you introduce? What different roles could children play? Who could help you decide what to put in the prop box?
To create a prop box:
Parents can donate materials
Children can help decide what to include
Good themes for prop boxes are subjects/places that are familiar to the children