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Discovery through play

March 20, 2012

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, The Whole Child, Seamus Carey says, “Children…seem as though they were born to play. Their energy seems limitless while they play. They discover new things about themselves and the world through their desire for adventure, excitement, and surprise. It is through play that children learn who they are and who they can become.” (p. 38)

In other words…
Play is a critical part of childhood. It is how our children develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. We can encourage this in our children by creating opportunities and spaces for play. We can join our children in their adventures of discovery. By allowing our children to direct the play, we can teach them that we value them and their interests.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Take time to play with your child this week. Be excited with them! Let them surprise you with all the new discoveries they are making and the way they think and reason in their play.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Between Parent and Child.

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