A recent discussion on a teacher forum around the question, “Do let children bring toys from home?” reminded me of this post we shared in 2014.
We travel light to city and forest, but we aren’t really traveling light, are we? We bring our own play histories with us and we share these with the children. We help them find ingredients for potions, sticks for fairy houses, leaves for letters and packages. We gift them with story and imagination.
Some of the children will grow up to be artists. And all of them, every single one, will know how to solve a problem, how to climb out on a limb, how to take a risk with expressing ideas in a visual medium to connect with other humans whether they are the artist expressing it or they are the viewer enjoying it.