The Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Institute is devoted to the study of invention and innovation. It produced a short video exploring the role of play in children’s development. Most of the video consists of comments by scientists and educators; worth viewing. Several additional videos on the Lemelson Center site further explore this topic. One of my favorite quotes is by Craig Venter “My favorite toys were hammers, nails, saws, and scavenged lumber that I used for building forts, airplanes, and boats-although you had to use your imagination to what they were on completion.”
A reminder of the critical role of play in Waldorf Education, and the unfortunate disappearance of play from many children’s’ lives.