Young children often play with stuffed toys which may be in the form of people or even animals. I remember my girls playing “school” with their stuffed animals when they were much younger. Each stuffie was given a name; and often they would write on their behalf. They would place their “students” in front of their chalkboard and teach them.
Now that I am teaching young children, I see once again that children use these toys to reflect what they see in society. A group of girls in my class last year enjoyed playing at tea parties – and the children from the “restaurant” would come and serve them. Observing them, I noticed that they would role play behavior that they themselves had seen and experienced.
While at play, young children reflect the humanity that they see around them everyday. It is interesting to see what they choose to replicate.
What part of humanity do the children in your life duplicate in their play?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: Humanity)