As I sit to type this I can hear squeals of fun and chatter as the children play in the backyard! We have a lovely next door neighbour who has her delightful family from England visit each year. My children have just loved playing with them and they all get on fantastically well! Each night after school there is the rush to finish homework before play begins! It may involve a football, or imaginary games with police, robbers, and sniffer dogs! There may be tickling, card games, Twister or throwing balls at each other. Play is such a natural thing to do, yet so, so important!
“Far from having only a momentary effect, positive emotions help to build important physical, intellectual, social and psychological resources that are enduring, even though the emotions themselves are temporary. For example, the positive emotions associated with play can build physical abilities; self mastery and enjoyable times with friends increase social skills.”( Positive Psychology in a nutshell by Boniwell Page 11)
So the kids are out playing with no idea of all the things they are really learning and doing!