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Welcome to Day 14 of the 30 Days to Transform Your Play series! Today we’re discussing ‘want nothing time’. Alongside meaningful play experiences; a fundamentally important notion is that of free play.
As I’ve spoken about previously regarding homeschooling, you do not need to be The Entertainer. It’s not our job as parents to entertain our children. We can provide opportunities to explore and learn and play but we don’t have to entertain them and fill their schedule with busy activities and classes.
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. – Fred Rogers
Make a conscious effort to encourage time each day play that is: unstructured, independent, unscheduled, child-led free play.
This kind of play is just as important as any level of structured play. Free play allows for Creativity expanded using problem solving skills, social skills, language skills and physical skills, processing, and discovery (including self-discovery).
“Children learn who they are and what they really enjoy if they are allowed to sit with themselves. Inundated with activity and subjected to lesson upon lesson, how can they hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this ‘doing?'” – Shefali Tsabary, The Conscious Parent.
There’s such a culture of busy-ness and pride in filling our families days with impressive events and classes and activities and experiences.. but some of the most significant and meaningful moments are those unscheduled. Slow living is so helpful for children and necessary for everyone to fill their cups. It’s important that our time is spent in a sustainable way.