Play and Movement
More than just fun, play and movement are essential to children’s social emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
Through play, young children create a world anew each day. They imagine a kingdom, construct a firehouse, or open a shop. In a moment, a train becomes a ship, then a rocket. Play gives children the chance to practice being in the world and process the things they experience.
Children thrive when there are plenty of opportunities for healthy movement. In addition to movement through free play, nursery and kindergarten children may hike to the Presidio, work in the garden, and participate in eurythmy, a movement art unique to Waldorf education. There is time for crafts and painting, meal preparation, circle time activities. Engaged in the movement activities of the day, children develop fine and gross motor skills, integrate the senses, and learn to work cooperatively.
Scientists, psychologists, educators and others... say that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through childhood play.
Effort to Restore Play
New York Times, JAN. 2011