My Connections to Play
“For ourselves, and for our planet, we must be both strong and strongly connected with each other, with the earth. As children, we need time to wander, to be outside, to nibble on icicles, watch ants, to build with dirt and sticks in the hallow of the earth, to lie back and contemplate clouds…” (Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, The Geography of Childhood, 2004).
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is necessity.” (Katy Redfield Jamison: Professor of Psychiatry)
|Myself with my friends. I am the one with black dress with hat infront...during my childhood in Lo-Manthang, Mustang, Nepal|
Both quotes are very close to my heart and apply to my personal childhood experience too. I used to get sad or feel poor that I didn’t owe a proper toy to play with when I was kid but NOW I feel privilege and happy to say that I was a child, who had time to wander, to be outside, to nibble on icicles, watch ants, to build with dirt and sticks in the hallow of the mountain, to lie back and contemplate clouds…I surely did all these things and even more I guess…I grew up in a mountain region of Nepal, where nature is closest to people. I don’t remember having a single artificial toy as a kid; all I had was my friends, and the Mother Nature to play with from dawn to dusk, while my parents were busy working in the farm. Life was simple, easy and blissful.
|Children playing "catch" in an open air.|
|While playing, they practiced their gross motor skill...natural gym class|
I wish every child has those beautiful moments just to be around nature and be free…It is very sad that these days a child even 8 years old has no freedom as well as right to just to wander around and just be him/herself like I did every since I was a baby. Things changes along with time…but our opinions should never change what is good for a child. Giving time for the child to play and understanding the reasons behind every play is crucial for healthy child development. Through play, child develop flexible thinking; learn to create beyond the here and now; stretch their imagination; use new words and word combinations in a risk-free environment; and use numbers and words to express ideas, concepts, dreams, and histories (Wardle, n.d).
|Being closer to the nature...up in the Himalays...|
|Play with snow along with taking care of sibling is a common practice in my country...|
Wardle, F. (n.d.). Play as curriculum.