Today my piece on the importance of outdoor, experiential play is up at Building Faith: Taking Faith Formation Outdoors.
“From the Creation Story, to the Parable of the Sower, we know that engaging the Bible requires tangible experiences. That means water, soil, plants, rocks, and seeds!”
I hope you have a chance to check it out.
This piece is the result of quite a bit of reflection and observation about what engages the children on Sunday mornings and what has changed since I taught kindergarten in public school fifteen years ago. I remember the big, unused, red water table glaring at me from a corner of my classroom for the entire year as the focus shifted from developmental play to academics. I am very curious, do you feel the children you work with have enough unstructured play? If not, are you noticing any effects of less play? Have you seen much written about the need for play in spiritual development? I hope to do more research and observation on this topic.