Children at Play

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As some of you may have been aware, I was away for a few weeks in China towards the end of Term 1. During that time, I had the opportunity to quietly observe some young children interacting with their friends and family. It still amazes me how even at an early age you can pick out those with self confidence, taking initiative in play and talking incessantly to their parents. Then there are the much shyer ones, happy to go along with the flow and who usually waslk quietly beside their parents (neither talking), or even being ignored by their parents who are chatting away on their mobile phones.

We all play a part in the complex developmental process of our children and we are often too busy with our daily lives and tasks to take a bit of time to just observe them and see how they’re doing when they play or interact. Expressions, reactions and non-verbal gestures are all small insights into their development and progress.

If a picture says a thousand words, how much can a little play tell us?