Play Myth # 1: Babies can’t do it.Play Myth #2: If a baby cries when she’s placed down, she must not like playing.
Play Myth #3: Play means “doing” something.
Play Myth #4: Gated play areas are restrictive “jails”.Play Myth #5: Independent play means leaving children alone.
Play Myth #6: When children get frustrated or ask for help, we should solve the problem for them.Play Myth #7: It’s our job to entertain and play with our children
This brings me to my next point. Janet wrote
"Often the richest, most productive play doesn’t look like much because it’s dawdling, imagining, daydreaming, big picture thinking. To encourage this kind of play we must: first, value it; second, observe it; and lastly, not interrupt..."
My aim here at Preschool Engineering is to help you see the value of your child's play. Nevermind that independent child's play means you get freed up to do work, chores, enjoy a beverage in peace. That could be considered valuable enough. But there is more value in your child's play. They are building a foundation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. Putting blocks together they are experiencing shapes, colors, and quantity. Identifying, sorting, and classifying toys and other household items is pre-Science learning. Nesting pots and pans on the kitchen floor is pre-Math when your child is comparing size and shape. Banging a hammer onto pretend nails is pre-Technology and pre-Engineering learning because he or she located a tool to use to accomplish something that needed to be done. Pre-STEM can be seen everywhere...and having had oodles of formal engineering training I'm here to help you see it.