What Do Children Learn From Play?
I was thinking today about why creating these children’s play tents is important to me, aside from the obvious financial stability it provides my family. What is it about these tents that makes even the most “grown up” adult want to climb in and get lost in play for awhile. Every child is different and will use this space differently. Some will nap, others will learn to read, almost all will pretend, and I am sure there are more than a handful that want to escape little brothers or sisters. I can assure you every single one will discover something new about themselves and who they are or who they want to be.
Play enhances and nourishes every aspect of a child’s development and learning. I have a 14 year old daughter with special needs. Due to her developmental delay, play will always be a wonderful and cherished part of our lives. She’s too big and awkward to comfortably play in these tents anymore but she has tried!
Play is your children’s window to the world. Unfortunately, opportunities for real play are being replaced with batteries and technology. Our social environment is changing our children’s access to good ol’ fashioned fun.
During play, children create their own ideas of their surroundings. And although children learn to play naturally, play needs time and space. Children need an environment that supports imagination. Create that space for them. In this world of “instant downloads”, give them the opportunity to find themselves. In their own time, in their own space.
This is why making these tents means so much to me. I am creating a space for imagination!