Play is a child’s work

This morning I spent a little time outside with Corbin and Elle, he was on his scooter and she was in the stroller. It was beautiful out and we had a nice walk together. Corbin really opens up and talks when it’s just him…….no one to compete with, I guess. 😉

Later, while Elle napped, he and Emma played in her kiddie pool, and I supervised. He ended up IN the pool with her even though it’s only about 4 feet wide. They played with her collection of rubber duckies. Corbin pointed out that only one duck floated perfectly…..the others were floating on their sides “because they’re heavier.” As we talked about that he decided they were heavy because they “have water inside them.” Once he expelled the water they floated more upright, but still not as perfect as the first.

I love the way we discover things just through living life. To me, discussing water, how it works, it’s heaviness and how it affects things, is much more fun when playing than if we sit down to read about those things in a textbook. Maybe it’s just me. I feel confident the ‘lesson’ will be more memorable since he learned it himself through play.

About Wendy Woerner

wife, mama to five
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1 Response to Play is a child’s work

  1. amyleebell says:

    I think you are right. The things he is able to discover himself will be the things he will take with him throughout life. He will “just know” those things. He won’t have to think back to a science class or even a conversation, but will have a greater understanding of the world around him through his experiences. Great job building on his current level of knowledge and guiding him to new heights! If you haven’t heard about it, you should look up Lev Vygotsky’s “zone of proximal development.” You would like it!

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