Stretching potential

Last week I had the privilege of speaking to one of the world’s leading minds in toy development.  Alex Hochstrasser, designer and creator of the Bilibo shared the essence of play with me:

“Children LEARN when they FORGET what they are doing.”

As an occupational therapist I spend my sessions planning exactly how a child will reach a goal I have for them through play.  But what I have realised is that it is sometimes in that very planning that the essence of play itself is lost.  It is when the child is totally absorbed in the moment, the experience, the challenge, and the joy of the interaction with an object or their environment, that true learning takes place.  Let’s leave the planning up to the creative imaginations of the kids, for they have the heart and spirit to show us how to really forget what we’re doing, and just PLAY!

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