The PLAY it up for the HOLIDAYS challenge stresses the significance of good old-fashioned PLAY. As Albert Einstein famously stated, “Play is the highest form of research.” It is my belief that play is the ultimate means of physical, social, and emotional exercise for children.
Fred Rogers, of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, famously stated, “Play is the work of childhood.”
I couldn’t agree more. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Through play, children learn at a very early age to engage and interact in the world around them. Play is a cherished part of childhood. By finding the right balance between work and play, children will grow up happier, well adjusted, and more prepared to conquer the world.
PLAY it UP for the HOLIDAYS includes:
At the end of the month, students add up the total number of days completed. I ask my students to turn in their activity logs (completely optional). I’ll display them in the gym. Students completing at least 10 days receive an award certificate and toe token.
Finally, it is imperative that parents and teachers stress the importance of play. I regularly have conversations with my students regarding play as their number one mode of exercise.