Saturday, March 26, 2016
My Connections To Play
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was my favorite show growing up as a child. I didn't miss an episode. My grandmother would make sure before we did anything I got to watch my show. I love this quote by him about play because it states the best meaning of play for children that I have ever heard.
This quote makes me think of how today's society is making children grow up so fast and not allowing them to be children and enjoy those years. Play gives children joy and excitement and many opportunities to learn.
Barbie dolls were my one true passion growing up. I loved all things Barbie and I still do. Name it I had it. I have been collecting Holiday Barbies since I was 6 years old. My closet is currently the storage area for all my collectible Barbie dolls. My Grandmother supported my love for barbie and made sure I had the most up-to-date barbie house and car and accessories and I had all the boy barbies as well. Ken, Steven and Alan!!! LOL The mere fact I am 34 years old and still know their names is such a wonderful childhood memory for me. I would play for hours and hours on end, I even made my brother play with me, and he will even tell you himself. I can remember the resistance from my brother but I would always agree to play Ninja Turtles with him if he played with me. Pretty good compromise. The new barbies that have come out in all shapes, sizes and shades of skin tones has made me one happy barbie fan because Mattel has finally started seeing that Barbie doesn't look like the average person and she should represent the beautiful diverse audience they are selling too!!
Today's play isn't that much different than when I was young. Children still play dress-up, play with blocks, play with fine motor toys use art materials. The only thing that has changed is the materials have evolved and are much more modern. Until I went into first grade I can remember center time. It happened daily. Today what I am seeing is that play is being reduced to less and less time and being replaced with more structured learning time and what we are seeing are restless and uninterested children. Play gave me, as a child, the chance to use my imagination and play out my fantasies. The Wizard of Oz was my favorite to watch and act out. When I became an adult and had children of my own I got to relive being able to pretend play and play with barbies and baby dolls and dress-up and it taught my children that play was wonderful and exciting.
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