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The Serious Work of Play

posted Mar 1, 2016, 4:32 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 9:19 AM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from  serious learning. But for children play is serious   learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

Fred Rogers

Each Tuesday morning, the Phoenix Room on the Oak Tree Campus is filled with the sights and sounds of play.  Curious children explore the space, find books to page through and towers to build, balls to roll and crafts to create.  They crawl, roll, jump and walk, often even more fascinated with each other than with any objects in the room.  As they explore and interact, I join them in their sense of wonder and amusement.  Knowing how critical play is to healthy brain development, acquisition and growth of social skills, and a host of other positive childhood outcomes, I am glad to  host these weekly gatherings that offer the opportunity to practice the art of being playful.

If you are curious about playgroup, I encourage you to join us.  Playgroup is a free drop-in activity, no forms or registration required.  We meet Tuesday mornings 10am-noon in the Phoenix Room on the Oak Tree School Campus.  All children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers are invited to attend.  Older siblings are also welcome.  Playgroup provides a safe place to explore and express, sing and dance, meet up with friends new and old, and, of course, learn through the serious work of play.