“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 told us. It’s the way young children learn, and play is essential to their early learning experiences. It may look like child’s play to us, but they’re really hard at work. The old neighborhood street signs warning motorists: “Caution – children at play” reminds us that they’re doing their best learning at the same time.
Child’s play ultimately builds adults capable of discovery and innovation. As they play with boxes that turn into rocket ships, who knows of the possibilities being seeded in the young minds? Building blocks that become towers and tunnels could be the early signs of an engineer in the making. “I’m a fireman” or “I’m a chef” could be prophetic. Who knows the future developments to come out of today’s imagination as children play?
Hands-off supervision allows kids to safely play in the wonderful world of imagination. And playing together teaches children vital life skills: to lead, to follow, to cooperate, to take turns, to share, to problem-solve, to deal with disagreements and disappointments. Imagination at work during play develops cognitive skills, emotional control, and relieves stress. Active exploration at play encourages perseverance and lengthens attention span.
Opportunities to learn through play are vital to childhood development. The tools may be chalk on the sidewalk or finger paints, blocks or magnets, trucks and trains, dolls and dress-up, markers and big pads of paper, a doctor’s bag or a kitchen – the tools are as varied as the imagination. Children at play are building their own future. How exciting is that?!
Culver-Newlin has for over 50 years been supplying the furniture for child’s play to schools in Southern California – early childhood classroom furniture that allows kids to learn at play. Feed their imagination with adjustable easels, learning carpets, paint and play stations, sand and water tables, role play furniture, and tables and chairs to size. Culver-Newlin provides only the best in quality, bright and colorful, child-world furniture for your school and classroom. For more information, call 949-288-6739, or visit our showroom and distribution center in Corona. Rock your early childhood classroom with furnishings from Culver-Newlin. Who knows what might result from the right tools and furniture to feed the imaginations of children at play?