• All children play, no matter the environment or
culture. However, it is tragic that for some children
in the world, play is replaced by work to meet
basic needs of survival. Play is as much a part of
the landscape of childhood as nurturing. No one
has to teach a baby how to play with her toes, or
provide instruction to a toddler on how to play
with blocks. Older children too retain the play
instinct as they construct a clubhouse, make up
a new ball game, or explore musical instruments.
The teacher in the classroom creates the environment
for play and provides the opportunities for children
take the play in their own direction.