Child Care

Come and Play With Me

“Look at me!  Look at me!  Look at me now!  It is fun to have fun.  But you have to know how.”  - Dr. Seuss.


My husband and I are fortunate in that our granddaughter lives fairly close and this past weekend we were able to have her spend two nights with us.  She is six (and a half, as she makes sure to point out).  After dumping her suitcase and checking out her room, the first thing she said was, “Grandma, will you play with me?”  So we played.  This is our normal routine when she visits.  When I was young, playing was second nature.  My mother would open the back door and tell us to “go out and play,” and we did.  We would play all day, coming home only for meals or when called by a parent.  Children know how to play.  It is their domain.  They live and breathe it.  Unfortunately, play too often gets squeezed out of an adult’s daily schedule.


“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.” – Pablo Neruda.


I love to play.  It allows me to unwind, to relax, and to center myself.  As an early childhood educator I have the opportunity to play with the children in the center on a regular basis.  We build towers and knock them down.  We sing silly songs and dance around the room.  We make stuffed animals talk and “eat” wonderful breakfasts of spaghetti, strawberries, and cookies that they prepare in the kitchen area of the classroom.  I follow their directions as they create the world we are playing in.  They are making connections through play, forming attachments to caregivers and each other.  They gain confidence in their motor skills.  Their language skills grow.  The entire world is full of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes to explore.  Their world is painted with pretend. 


For a child, play is the world.  Life starts with, “let’s play!”  The words, “I don’t want to play anymore,” can free you from any situation.  Our world needs more play, so when a child takes your hand and whispers, “will you play with me,” drop everything and go.

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