Learning Through Play
Most adults (at least those of us who were once children) know the value of play to a child’s 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. You’re stuck just repeating what others have already imagined.
I’ll spare you the rest of my dissertation on play. Suffice to say I’m a huge fan of play. So, I’m 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 it’s 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 chef’s 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)
Learning Through Play – at Hedberg Public Library.
It’s FREE – drop in a play for as long as you’d 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
photo from January 2011 Learning Through Play