“Children reap many benefits from being involved in dance lessons, soccer leagues and other organized activities. Spontaneous, active play that kids initiate themselves is an equally important part of healthy development.
Spur of the moment activities can be just as fun and provide many of the same health benefits as organized fitness. Plus, spontaneous play exercises children’s creativity and thinking skills as well as their bodies.”
Spontaneous play is a crucial part of our learning experiences. In our shale environment we may have some set ideas in our day, but as we go about our day things seem to change on a regular basis. Things change in our Shale Family because we follow the children’s lead, exploring, discovering, seeking, drinking, eating and sleeping, it all comes with how our little friends are feeling. One example of spontaneous moment that happened this week was at the park. Our day started out as a planned; walked to the park, played in the sand, swung on the swings and climbed on the structures. Once we arrived at the park we let our friends start their morning adventures exploring everything around them including Theo discovering the button that starts the splash pad. At first we were hesitant on the children discovering how to turn on the water as they didn’t have any water ready clothes on, but we stood back examined the “wow” that the children were experiencing and watched as they spontaneously started running through the water and enjoying every moment of it! 🙂
Spontaneous play can come faster then expected and this is why it is called “spontaneous” play. All we need to do is take a deep breath, go with it, and embrace every moment!
What are some things that happen spontaneously in your home?
Have a great weekend everyone!