April in the Playroom
Children are great at playing. With the variety of blocks, dress-up clothes, puzzles, paints, playdough and more, the children in the Playroom are busy playing, creating, and imagining. During all this play, it is inevitable that a mess happens. This mess is an opportunity to teach children responsibility, respect, and helps to foster independence. For a child, cleaning up a large mess can be overwhelming and quite daunting. In fact, it is not a reasonable expectation that they do it themselves. By breaking up a large job into several smaller parts, we can help children feel more confident in their abilities to contribute to the clean-up time. Clean-up time is not just limited to picking up the toys. In fact, many of the children rather enjoy being given big jobs. We have children who enjoy loading the dishwasher, sweeping the floor, wiping the table, and even folding the laundry. And if you haven’t noticed, those are jobs that children can help with at home as well.