Dec. 26, 2020
Your alarm clock goes off. You have about 30 minutes until your child wakes up (if they haven’t already), and
Fred Rogers often referred to the fact that “play is the work of children”, and now, as children (and adults!) cope with the pandemic, and a sometimes scary and confusing world, the natural resource of play is more important than ever!
Play provides an important context for children to explore the world, gain new knowledge, and develop language and social skills. As children negotiate rules, communicate with one another, and practice social situations, you may also find them incorporating aspects of their current reality such as wearing a face mask, or practicing social distancing, which can help them deal with and understand the things going on in their world.
“In the current COVID-19 pandemic, play has become more important than ever before. First, children are increasingly confronted with insecurity and changes. For example, they see people wearing face masks, find that new rules apply in school, and might notice how their parents or caregivers struggle with issues like health or financial instability. Play can be an important activity for children to cope with, process, and understand these changes. Second, as schools close or teachers quarantine, there is less time for children to engage in high-quality play experiences. Such play can provide a unique learning context for the development of different cognitive domains.”
What is ‘high-quality’ play?
Your friends at Hatch are here to support you and will continue to provide resources that help you facilitate playful learning experiences (whether your young learners are at home, or at school)! Let's talk about how Hatch is your partner for high-quality play experiences and other early childhood success. We'll be expecting you!