Unstructured Play for kids


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Unstructured Play for Children Child-Led Play. Rather than have a purpose, the play and activities are child-led, often leading to play that is The Importance of Unstructured Play. Unstructured play is important for a child because it gives them a sense of freedom Getting the Most Out of. Unstructured play allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. It’s been shown to foster cognitive development while boosting physical development and social and emotional development.

It specifically helps creativity and imagination, problem-solving abilities and social skills. Unstructured play was the key. Unstructured play allowed for a process of self-discovery—to make mistakes, to fail, to learn, to try again, to persist, to be creative, to innovate! That’s the very point of the longest time of day in classrooms using The Creative Curriculum®: choice time. There is tremendous power to be found in play!

But the authors seems happy to find support for their hypothesis: that unstructured play might be associated with signs of self-directed executive function in young children. As study authors Jane. The serious business of play Enjoy unstructured play with their children. Parents may be more busy than usual as they navigate the transition to Let the kids take the lead. Parents shouldn’t try to take over or control the activity a child is engaged in, says Encourage “pretend play”.

Unlike. Unstructured play is a child’s right and is integral to healthy development. It is play where children follow their own ideas without a defined purpose or outcome.

Unfortunately children’s access to this type of play is increasingly limited. The goal of this project is to reduce this trend by providing tools and undertaking advocacy. Children’s Unstructured Play Unstructured play *, † happens when children follow their instincts, ideas, and interests without an imposed outcome.

It may include challenging forms of play, and provides opportunities for exploring boundaries that allow children to determine their own limits in a variety of natural and built environments. What is unstructured play? Unstructured play, sometimes called free play, is creative and improvised with no set goal and unlimited possibilities. Examples of Unstructured Play. Great ideas for free play activities for pre-schoolers include: Playing with blocks; Colouring, drawing or painting on blank paper.

Also known as free play, it is child-directed playtime aimed at nurturing a child’s imagination, problem solving skills, socialization, brain development and overall health. Sometimes parents are present to provide starting points, guide and supervise the children (like if an activity involves tools or fire). Unstructured play is a set of activities that children dream up on their own without adult intervention.

This type of play rarely has predetermined goals or objectives but instead allows children to create their own rules and establish their own limits.

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Unstructured Play Unstructured play allows children to control events, ideas, and relationships.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Play provides a rich source of assessment data for young children.

“Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and Art” by Jeremy P. Shapiro, Robert D. Friedberg, Karen K. Bardenstein
from Child and Adolescent Therapy: Science and Art
by Jeremy P. Shapiro, Robert D. Friedberg, Karen K. Bardenstein
Wiley, 2012

The play material must be suitable for a wide age range and include crayons and paper, jigsaws, simple games, books (provides a rough estimate of reading ability), doll’s house, play telephones, and miniature domestic and zoo animals.

“Companion to Psychiatric Studies E-Book” by Eve C Johnstone, David Cunningham Owens, Stephen M Lawrie, Andrew M McIntosh, Michael D. Sharpe
from Companion to Psychiatric Studies E-Book
by Eve C Johnstone, David Cunningham Owens, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Games that can be played alone or with another child or an adult are popular with older children, as are puzzles; reading material; quiet, individual activities, such as sewing, stringing beads, and weaving; and Lego blocks and other building materials.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

This section focuses on a variety of types of play ranging from play with objects, play with others in sociodramatic play, play with rules, play from children’s perspectives, and their play with humor.

“Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings” by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
from Play from Birth to Twelve: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings
by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
Routledge, 2006

If adults want to facilitate play, they can be models of playfulness and provide interesting and challenging spaces for play.

“Play from Birth to Twelve and Beyond: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings” by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
from Play from Birth to Twelve and Beyond: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings
by Doris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen
Garland Pub., 1998

Unstructured play gives the child an opportunity to gain diverse skills and a greater sense of competence.

“Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child E-Book” by Mary Fran Hazinski
from Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child E-Book
by Mary Fran Hazinski
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

However, children are unlikely to reenact their fantasies and impressions of the world in supervised settings unless the parents and teachers of play-tutored children endorse sociodramatic play themselves and provide time, space, and materials for this play.

“Encyclopedia of Creativity” by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
from Encyclopedia of Creativity
by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker
Elsevier Science, 1999

Unstructured play materials: Unstructured toys are ones that focus on process and experience and not the end result or goal.

“Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery” by Judy L Arnall
from Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery
by Judy L Arnall
Professional Parenting Canada, 2012

Unstructured activities are ones where children use and choose materials and equipment and develop their own play ideas and themes.

“Planning Play and the Early Years” by Penny Tassoni, Karen Hucker
from Planning Play and the Early Years
by Penny Tassoni, Karen Hucker
Pearson Education Limited, 2005

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  • More Reason videos like this. Freedom is most compelling in the most personal ways.

    I wish that I had known about the Sudbury Valley School when I was young, having grown up in that part of Massachusetts. Sounds fascinating.

    A friend recounted that in her youth near Ottawa, children left the house after breakfast, spent the day playing in the hills, and all was good if they arrived home fifteen minutes before dinner. She’s one of the most productive, balanced, sensible, personable people I know.

    If libertarians promoted freedoms like these, I think that it would be more relevant to people than old geezers agitating for tax breaks (the porcupine humping a pile of money meme).

  • I’ve seen his TedTalk before, and this interview is really interesting. There are a few things I’m on the fence about though:
    1) Social Media being the saving grace for children in today’s rigid school and after school schedule. Will that not lead to addiction?
    2) They mention that the dangers of children going missing these days is hyped up. But, is sex trafficking and kidnapping not something to still be quite aware of?

    I do agree though that today’s standard for educating is grossly inadequate. However, I think if we’re going to homeschool children, then there needs to be a way for them still to socialize and also for them not to be brainwashed by their parents. (Unconsciously, or Consciously.) Especially when it comes to, dare I say Religion interfering in a child’s education.

  • They’re quite literally mind-fucking children in school. I had a 7 year old having nightmares that black people were angry at him for Jim Crow laws. They are demoralizing the majority of the population from the time they enter the dominant educational curriculum. It isn’t that complex tbh.

  • Modern child-rearing is bordering on child-abuse, a vanity project for adults to twist kids into graduating into any number of conformity cults. Play is spiritual, the realm of the exploring artist… and deemed too inefficient, unpredictable and risky, thus it must be stamped out. The adult world is one where play is replaced by perpetual fear.

  • How PC these guys are. Oh things are so much better today. Really? Bull! I made my way to school at 5 and walked to school until I was 14 and had to take a bus. Roamed around several square miles of city and then country and managed to find my way home for dinner. Am I that one lucky kid that didn’t get molested? No I learned how to interact in an adult world. Learned who and what to avoid. So, in a way I agree with the professor, but things are no better or worse than they were 60 years ago.

  • I just completely and utterly fail to understand why there isn’t (even in the libertarian community) FAR FAR more opposition to kids being forced to attend prison for basically their whole childhood. Thank god for people like Peter Gray.

  • Awesome Video. Open ended play gives our kids more opportunity to be creative and enables better social interactions to make the world a better place.

  • LOVE how you made this video! Communicates so many important concepts so simply! I think one of the biggest points you made is how it gives kids space to think through life! Kids don’t get enough of that type of time anymore. This video reminds me a bit of some of my videos on unstructured play. Thanks for the great video!

  • We love unstructured play. I like how you pointed out the benefit of being a safe place of learning. I don’t think I ever looked at it from that angle.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • A lot of this dovetails with Christina Hoff Sommers’ research regarding the suppression of boys’ natural play drive and treating them as “defective girls”.

    I don’t know that I’m on board with the completely freeform, hippie dippy, totally self-directed learning, at least not early on. I think kids need certain fundamentals, and at least some of the discipline of the classroom, because that mirrors some aspects of life.

    However, there definitely needs to be a restructuring of education into a more flexible form that allows kids to maximize their own gifts, and I’m totally on board with ending the age segregation of kids. A more organic grouping by interests and aptitudes, regardless of age, has been far more effective than the traditional model where it has been tried. The addition of tools like Khan Academy have only made such experiments even more successful. Speaking from my own experiences, I also think kids benefit greatly from socializing and playing with different age groups. Older kids learn to deal with people who aren’t like them or aren’t on their same level (a valuable life skill), and younger kids can learn a lot of things, academically and socially, from older kids who are closer to their age group than they can from adults.

    Again, a lot of this is anecdotal and informed mainly by my own experiences and observations, but I think this guy is on to something.

  • Confucius “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

    Requiring school attendance, or the application of pre-approved education outside of school, is by definition involuntary servitude.

    “Involuntary servitude is a United States legal and constitutional term for a person laboring against that person’s will to benefit another, under some form of coercion other than the worker’s financial needs.”

    The children labour to pass exams for the benefit of the state, under coercion of the potential arrest of their parents.

    And usually the people in favour of compulsory schooling are the ones also in favour of child-labour laws. Clearly their love for the children doesn’t extend to at least giving them the choice of whether they want to participate in the state’s propaganda institutes, without compensation.

  • I teach English in Thailand. The system here is almost a caricature of education in the US. The kids spend an insane amount of time in the classroom (including after school, during the summer, and on the weekends) and are completely focused on passing exams. The Ministry of Education is completely corrupt, and a large portion of public school teachers are evil, old ladies who know nothing. And they never get fired because the Ministry protects them. It’s a racket.

    I recorded an episode on my podcast called “Education Revolution”. My ideas are similar to Dr. Gray’s. Please check it out.


  • This is one of the best Reason interviews I’ve ever seen. Dr. Gray is one of the best youth advocates who truly understands what kids need, and is absolutely uncompromising on the societal changes that need to take place. We listen to people like him, and so many adults are exhausted just imagining the changes necessary. It’s easy to say it’s too much and we shouldn’t transition. There’s the implication that kids are not important to society like adults are. They don’t contribute, they’re burdens, the heaviest investment for the future of the species. I hear resentment in these adults’ stories and misery.

    But they don’t get it, if you stop controlling your kids so much they’ll thrive so much more they won’t be burdens on society anymore. Let kids participate in the open world like adults do! It’s an uncomfortable transition but it can integrate the ages in a way that empowers all of us and creates a playful, liberated world for all of us.

  • Thank you for this video, Little Rooted Minds! It helps to reinforce for me how important it is to keep space open in our day to accommodate unstructured play.

  • Just remember, if kids were paid to go to school, it would be illegal because child labor laws restrict the number of hours worked in a day. The laws and culture cut off kids from their own path to economic empowerment, which make them dependent on the resources of abusive parents and school as a glorified domestic violence shelter.

    Anyone who enters the path in youth autonomy and self-determination inevitably discovers the root wisdom of our existence. It’s a powerful gateway and is profoundly painful. Most adult instincts are built on a deep-rooted fear, the unresolved trauma acts like a parasite that has corrupted their body and puppets them to be authoritarian. When people lose their sense of autonomy, they seek more external control. This is fear-based. It’s a reaction made for running away from tigers, not for raising kids or playing with our fellow human beings. When you look at humor and play, you are looking at the highest state of autonomy. And the ORIGIN of autonomy is consciousness itself. It confronts you with your own inherited darkness and the capacity to create hell, passed onto you by your parents and ancestors in their blindness. All the ways they became ego-corrupted will be imprinted on you.

    And there is something so true about YOU the individual that is the mark of a crime, a tragedy, and a miracle. While you inherit your ancestors’ suffering and trauma, your autonomy can NEVER be destroyed or stolen. The religious belief of authoritarians is the conviction you can destroy, steal or claim another’s autonomy for yourself. It’s desperate denial, and it leaves you feeling powerless because your everyday actions remind you of all the ways you can’t do what you desire. As soon as you turn inwardly, you surrender to the world as it is, and instead take ownership of your experience and your path. Allow the world to be as it is, and the world returns your kindness.

  • Excellent interview.

    I wonder what Mr. Gray would think of the recent drama over 13 Reasons Why. It kind of took me back to the early and mid 1980s when parents were claiming sad songs and rock in general made teens commit suicide. It is always something else, outside of their immediate environment and metal health state, causing the increase. I recall one mother on Oprah saying her son had flipped out and tried to harm his father before running down the street screaming yet she refused to believe it was mental illness. It was the Dead Kennedy’s. Even her sons therapist told her it was rock music. At that point we were looking at more teens who actually experienced the peak in divorce, and other rapid changes that were not always for the best.

    According to wealthy moral busy busy bodies with nanny’s, all parents were not watching or taking care of their kids then. Never mind the fact that even with the increase in suicides it came no where near an epidemic among all kids. They needed to do better and have eyes on them at all time! They needed to know everything they did and heard, and discuss it.

    I read more than one article in relation to 13 Reasons Why claiming that parents needed to watch every episode with their teen (to make sure they didn’t suddenly off themselves because all are teetering on the edge of destruction), and tell them, multiple times an episode, that the main character was still dead. Teens brains are apparently not developed enough in 2017 to know that a character in a fictional drama based around her suicide is still dead during a flashback scene. They can drive, read, write reports, do algebra, learn foreign languages but they can’t grasp a show on Netflix.

    I’m not quite sure how we even get people to see teens as remotely responsible in some aspects. People have latched on to the research saying your brain does not fully develope until you’re 25 in a very negative/reactionary way. It’s used to forbid them from doing more. Parents are told their child should never be unsupervised, not even to “play” in their own yard, until they are 13 by so called child experts. They view 15 year olds as pre pubescent children, yet put pressures on them to change the world for the better and act like they are developed enough to make legislation!!! It’s messed up. Many state officials do not even think a child under 7 should be left alone in a car for more that 5 min with a teenage sibling and try to pass legislation persecuting parents who do via fines or a year in prison.

    It’s zero tolerance for kids and parents.

    One more note… a few months ago I read a study that said the suicide rates today are similar to that in the 1970s, when the younger boomers were approaching teen and young adult years. I am sure they factor for this and don’t mean to sound heartless (I just get tired of the never ending conflation of some tragedies = all kids in mortal danger) but there seems to be a pattern due to similarities/increases in teen and young adult population as well.

  • I have a son that was in a private school because he was too young to go to a public school. This video rings true, in my opinion, because the teachers had a difficult time controlling him. Seems like the teachers had a hard time controlling because every activity was story time, sit and sing a song time, or crafts time.

  • I found this interviewer rude and continually interrupted Peter Gray. I wanted to hear what Peter Gray had to say rather than this guy. Couldn’t even finish watching it he was so irritating.

  • Great Videos! Ive just started sharing the daily activities i do with my twin boys, please take a look at my Channel and subscribe if you enjoy, Thank you, Emma x

  • I totally agree!!I think it helps children become well balanced. I suggest also a great book,playful patenting!!! Are you homeschooling your child?