The Work of Children

Play is the work of children – Jean Piaget

Rake | ©Nissa Gadbois

Jean Piaget was absolutely right, as were several other of his predecessors – Play is a Child’s Work.  There is nothing quite as magical as watching a young child imitate adult life especially when their imaginations are so lively – creating entire fairy worlds in which to live, and work, and play.  Their mud kitchens, and self-made forts, and invented games, are all so deeply meaningful.  They give children the opportunity to explore critical thinking and creativity at the same time.  If you have watched a little one, and listened to his or her speech, you’ll hear what important problems they are solving.

Perhaps if we grown-ups would return to play alongside wee folk, we could think of new ways to solve big problems.