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The Importance of Play and Creativity

The Importance of Play and Creativity

What are kids really doing when they play? This workshop highlights the importance of self-directed play in supporting children's exploration of themselves and the world. Participants discuss superhero play, and how to manage play so it doesn't become harmful.

Sample Themes and Tips

  • When adults make the rules, children learn things like teamwork, good sportsmanship, how to follow instructions and develop strategies.
  • When children control their own play they have a chance to try out different roles, learn at their own rate, and develop imagination.
  • Everyone who needs to solve problems relies on well-developed imaginations and creative thinking.