Why Play Is A Child’s Work

Posted February 21, 2013 by Fort Magic

Photo Credit: SalsaPie

“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. 
But a child’s purpose is to be a child.”
~ Tom Stoppard 

Play is often thought of as a “break” from learning, but for children, play is how they learn. During play, children frequently move between important learning skills such as exploring solutions, taking incremental actions, learning from trial and error, seeing the benefit of applying focus to an idea, and developing social skills as they learn to cooperate with others while having fun. Play gives children the opportunity to feel alive and have a wonderful experience while learning how to successfully live in the world.

“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 a child.”
~ Fred Rogers, American educator, author, and television host.

photo credit: Salsa Pie Blog

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