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Day 30 - Play

Day 30 - Play

Alexis Ralphs Sep 01 • 7 min read

We've reached the end.

30 days of theory, and - I hope - some practical ideas too.

I hope you've seen that under fives can pick up all the skills they'll need for school and for life without any formal instruction. They learn through play. A good school is brilliant fun, but it's a different adventure; early childhood is the time for open-ended exploration and discovery. Children will never have those long, uninterrupted stretches of time ever again.

If you take one thing from this series it's this: make time for play. Let it stretch out. Give it room. And don't be afraid of boredom. It's creativity's best friend.

The challenge was a bit of an experiment. The posts were in a fairly random order and there's so much to learn about child development that it could have been 300 days or even 3000.

I'd love to know what you found useful. Are there any ideas you'd like me to expand on or topics you wish were included? This series will go up on the site and I can include your suggestions there.

Thank you for joining me this month.

Alexis

Here's the rest of the series:

Introduction

Day 1 - Theories of Development

Day 2 - Stages of Play

Day 3 - Play is Multisensory

Day 4 - Gender-Neutral Toys

Day 5 - The Zone of Proximal Development

Day 6 - Heuristic Play

Day 7 - Spot the Difference

Day 8 - Sorting

Day 9 - Schemas

Day 10 - Ask good questions

Day 11 - Conservation

Day 12 - Seriation

Day 13 - Observation

Day 14 - Set a good example

Day 15 - Fewer toys = more focus

Day 16 - The Hundred Languages of Children

Day 17 - Plan-do-review

Day 18 - Practical life

Day 19 - Free-flow play

Day 20 - Executive functions

Day 21 - Spaced repetition

Day 22 - Independent play

Day 23 - Project-based Learning

Day 24 - The Environment As The Third Teacher

Day 25 - Start With The Child

Day 26 - Symbolic Play

Day 27 - Learning To Write

Day 28 - Blocks: the indispensable toy

Day 29 - Outdoor Learning

Day 30 - Play

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