Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Creating Entrepreneurs Through Playtime & Natural Learning, Part II

Yesterday I wrote a post about the importance of natural learning and playtime for whole child development.

As I watch our children play and use their imaginations, future career possibilities become apparent. It's interesting to see the innovative imaginations in kids when they are provided with opportunities to develop interests and skills through natural play.

As parents, it is important that we facilitate opportunities for our kids to explore various activities in order for their creative potential to surface.

Last week Brandi and I met up at the local Children's Museum and let the kids explore and play in an excellent, natural, yet educational environment. They were provided with opportunities to explore art........

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Enjoy a little scientific activity.....

 

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Explore a crane, and practice climbing skills....

 

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Play with various musical instruments.....

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They painted....

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Some of them enjoyed some culinary creativity.....and a little taste testing. :)

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They dressed up in costumes and put on a little puppet show and a (very short) play.....

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They played, climbed, created and played some more.

 

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They explored a boat....

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They acted goofy....and powerful and they were powerfully goofy. :)

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They went fishing.

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They built a dam.

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They explored and created.....and played with textures, color, and various art objects to enhance their creations.

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They "drove" a Semi Truck.

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Some of the little ones explored floor textures. :)

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And.....their five senses, including taste. :)

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They played in the sand under the boat.

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They strung beads, did some artistic creations with buttons, beads, color crayons, colored pencil, feathers, string, stencils, ribbon and markers.

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And some of them explored the benefits of a good nap. :)

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They practiced listening skills. :)

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Some of the kids tried out their skills in the retail business.

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Some of the kids tried their hand at cooking and restaurant ownership.....

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Others tried their hand at building and other interesting ideas....

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And after a couple of hours of a fun, natural learning through exploration time, they developed an incredible appetite. It's a good thing Brandi remembered to bring some snacks and enough to share, because I was an epic failure in that department. :)

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If you have a Children's Museum in your area, I encourage you to take your kids and let them explore, create and play for a few hours. I followed them around with my camera, (obviously :)), watching them and paying attention to what activities each child seemed to enjoy the most. A parent/grandparent can learn a lot about their kids by simply watching what they are drawn to and how they interact with each activity. We enjoy taking the kids to different environments where they can "try on" various careers and activities. Sometimes these little field trips spark a life long interest/career/community service habit in our kids. At the very least, it provides them with an array of fun experiences they can draw from.

 

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