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Learning Through Play

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Jamie Swenson
January 13, 2012

Most adults (at least those of us who were once children) know the value of play to a childs development. Those of us who were fortunate enough to never quite grow all the way up, still understand that play is essential to the creative life. In my opinion, the creative life is necessary in every field math, science, art you name it without the ability to dream and imagine you cannot get very far. Youre stuck just repeating what others have already imagined.

Ill spare you the rest of my dissertation on play. Suffice to say Im a huge fan of play. So, Im happy to announce that this weekend at the Hedberg Public Library, one of my most-favorite activities will be going on: Learning Through Play.

Basically, we set up the program room with stations that encourage imaginative play and interaction between kids and their adults. I cannot tell you how fabulous it is to walk into a room filled with kids and adults having fun together whether its a grandpa sitting on the floor building a super-tall tower with the help of a small person or the mom ordering up a pizza with the works from a child dressed in an apron and a chefs hat. I love it. I love the lack of cell-phone activity that goes in the room. I love the giggling. I love the love made visible plus I always think I can hear the kids synapses firing away as they build connections with each other, their families, and their world. (cue the sentimental music)

The Facts:

Learning Through Play at Hedberg Public Library.

Its FREE drop in a play for as long as youd like

Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, January 15 from 1 4 p.m.

An adult caregiver must accompany children

Stations are designed for children ages 1 5 years

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photo from January 2011 Learning Through Play



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