“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” ~ Anonymous
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison (professor of psychiatry)
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” ~ Leo Buscaglia (author, educator)
Children play today just like they have always have. However, the toys are very different than when I was growing in the 1970s. Many of the toys today don't allow the children to use their imaginations. They are often electronic and don't offer children the chance to use it in different ways. The best toys, in my opinion, are blocks, dolls, cars, trucks, trains, etc. Children need toys that foster their imagination.
I think it's important for everyone to play. It alieviates stress in children and adults. I love playing with my children. My daughter loves to color and I like to sit with her and color, too. It is very relaxing. Right now, my children and I really like to go the Six Flags and ride roller coasters together. I am having a great time playing with my children. Each new stage in their lives gives me the chance to remember and experience a different stage of play.
My Favorite Childhood Toys
I loved playing with Little People, Barbies, and Dolls. I could play for hours in my room by myself. My mother bought all the Little People items she could find. We had the castle, a house, a ferris wheel, and the lion country safari set. My mom kept them all and now her grandkids play with them and love them as much as I did.