is joyful learning that engages a child’s body, mind, and spirit. As adults, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for children, and perhaps even ourselves, to experience play. Imagine your life for a moment, if your work felt like play to you. Imagine the joy, passion, and fulfillment your day would bring. Imagine the growth in understanding you would acquire. Imagine the excitement you would feel as you began each day. Imagine the contentment and peace in spending your day doing something you love. Imagine if you could spend your days playing!
I grew up on a farm. I see myself as incredibly lucky having a whole farm as a play ground. There were always something to do. Making a mud mess anywhere was acceptable. Drawing big houses and layouts on the ground and playing. Having obsticles to climb over. Feeding the little lambs or watcing the horses and cows as they walk by the house. My playground was huge and I had the world at my feet. Strange enough, my favorite two things I loved to play with was inside the house. My portable ladybug telephone on wheels that I dragged behind me wherever I went, as well as my kickbike.
How play has changed?
50 years ago, in Japan, an average 10 year old boy was able throw a softball 6 meters more than an average 10 year old boy today. I’m thinking this has to do with the fact of the improving technology in the area. Kids don’t get outside much anymore, because they are inside with their technology. This happens not just here but in other countries too.
50 years ago in the USA, Americans had a focus on education. Sadly today, many people do not focus on that. Children used to play after school, now, they go home and play on their ipads and other technology.
The way children used to play in Australia was simple. It was with the animals and wildlife. Now, children mostly play “Working games”.
Play in Russia has been mostly the same throughout the years with children playing in the snow. Due to their climate, it snows quite a bit in certain parts of Russia, and children love to play in the snow. It has been like this for a while because the climate doesn’t change there.
There are so many factors that have an influence on how children play these days. There’s no more safety in neighbourhoods. Technology has taken over. Both parents working long hours and not being able to play with their children. We definitly had it lucky when we were young and playfull. My observation about everyday play around or in my live has had a drastic descendence. The children that want to play, will play. But the ones who does not want to play does not have to, because playing with the ipad is the “easy” way to keep a child busy and quiet. Our world has changed, and not so much for the good.