A Reflection of Humanity

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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A crowd of stuffed animals. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Eating at a restaurant. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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)


34 thoughts on “A Reflection of Humanity

  1. Your wonderful post made me smile. So very true that young kid reflect their understanding of the world with these toys they play. Great take on, Colline!


      1. I don’t feel comfortable to take pic of strangers at all. Maybe, because I don’t like the stranger take a pic of me 🙂 I really like these photos you took.


  2. Oh my, I have a stuffed animal from when I was 3 and he’s still going strong after 43 years. I have another that I got for myself when I was pregnant with my daughter – sort of something to hug and kiss till she presented herself. Both stuffed animals are still very important to me. My daughter has countless stuffed animals! She’s donated many of them but keep her most sentimental. 🙂


  3. When I taught k and 1st grades, it was interesting to see my kids at play, imitating (I imagine) things that the adults around them did. Tone of voice. Problem solving. Kindness – or not – expressed during play acting. Very interesting, and yes, sometimes, frightening. Young ones. Very impressionable. Make a good impression!


  4. Beautiful post! You triggered many happy memories of my three kids playing with their stuffed animals as you’ve described. My youngest would use the laundry basket as her boat, the blanket spread on the floor was the ocean, and off they would sail! Thank you for your wonderful contribution to humanity!!


  5. My parents gave each grandchild a teddy bear when they were born. Some of the children became very attached to their bears, others had no affinity at all. Different personalities showing through 🙂


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