“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation.”
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time…because it’s just so darn true. As an educator and parent, I have found this to be spot on, over and over again. The times when I have gotten to know my students or my own children best have always been when we’re involved in a playful activity, or when I’ve over-heard them deeply entrenched in their own self-directed playtime.
What this quote doesn’t say however, is that play is also the most fertile breeding ground for enhancing communication skills in our children. Open-ended, self-directed play experiences provide a rich environment for children to communicate with their peers and get to know themselves amidst their own personal lands of make believe.
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