As parents we want to give our kids every opportunity to grow and learn. These days that seems to mean structured activities, constant attention, and busy kids. However, one of the most important things for learning is PLAY! Play teaches children how to learn. Here are some tips for parents to encourage play for learning.
The Minnesota Children’s Museum has undergone an amazing remodel in 2017. The much anticipated grand opening is coming up in the next month, and it looks amazing! One of the exhibits we’re looking forward to the most is named, “Super Awesome Adventures.” The Super Awesome Adventures exhibit boasts some amazing environments and activities for dramatic play. It’s going to be great!
It’s so important to let children play. However, so many parents today feel the pressure to direct their child’s every move and to provide structured opportunities for learning. Child-directed play is essential to learning, and we need to provide more opportunities and let children play.
We also need to give ourselves the freedom to relax and let the kids play and work through things on their own.
Who is with me!?
Children have less opportunities for play than ever before. With our busy lifestyles, screen time, organized sports, and homework, kids aren’t getting enough “play time.” That means they are missing out on key learning opportunities. It’s up to us to promote play and give our kids opportunities to explore, learn, and problem solve.
The Minnesota Children’s Museum has made it their mission to promote play and redesign the museum to provide opportunities for play. We were invited to the first exhibit, Forces at Play, and had a great time!