In the afternoon of February 4th I am inviting students to participate in the Global School Play Day. This project highlights the importance of play in our education system. In his TEDx video Peter Gray argues that the current education system has lost touch with the value of play, and he is encouraging educators across the world to bring play back into their classrooms. There is a tremendous amount of positive social development as well as creative thought that occurs when children engage in play, and I would like to foster that in my classroom.
Students will be invited to bring anything they wish to play with to school the morning of Wednesday, February 4th. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Some ideas may include board games, dolls, Lego, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer, an electronics play kit, or similar.