PRIMARILY PLAY
Aithentic play has the following
characteristics:
Play is natural and instinctive
• 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.
Play is interactive
• Vygotsky (1976) argued decades ago that all
play is social. Even a baby wants a play partner,
not to show him how to play, but simply to have
someone with whom to interact. Play is the
way children learn to take their place in a social
context. This cannot be learned any other way.
Play is repetitive
• Repetition is an important aspect of play at
any level. It is through repetitive actions that
children integrate new learning into existing
frameworks of understanding. They need to see
the predictability that comes through repeating
something over and over. This is the process that
solidifies learning.
Play is inventive
• Play sets the imagination in motion. It provides
opportunities for the creative power to grow and
strengthen over time and with experience.
AUTHENTIC PLAY