One of everyone’s chlidhood favorite games is definitely blind man’s buff.
All of us have funny stories on wrong identifications to tell and all of us still clearly remember our intense feelings at the moment of blindfolding, when the game was starting.
Same with very young kids: this process is especially well taken by them. There is great anticipation on who will take the place of the next “blind man”.
But why is this so important from educational point of view?
- Because they play and have fun
- Because they strenghthen their bonds and relationships
- Because interaction with each other is enhanced
- Because they develop orientation skills
- Because they enhance their optical memory
- Because they learn in practice what “drama” means
- Because they constantly ask to repeat the process
So, shall we play?
(by Chryssa Vaitsi, teacher in post-toddlers class, in Athens)
3 thoughts on “Shall we play?”
What is the educational importance of the last bullet point?
In a play-based learning environment, we always strive to keep children excited and involved into activities they decide, not us. So, if asking to repeat and repeat again a process on their own will, it is the best proof that they have indeed taken the ownership of their school life. And this should be the ultimate goal in a school!
I see. Thank you sir!