here’s a quick guide to creating a self directed play space at home. it doesn’t take a lot – small changes to the environment and some mindfulness on ones’ own part, and before you know it, your children will be gainfully occupied by themselves and you can divert your own attention to all the things that you want to be doing with your time.
free play has lots and lots of benefits. it’s being seen now as the primary tool for evolution and learning. we’ve put down some of it’s benefits for you to quickly get a sense of just how important this tool is. do keep in mind some of the “21st century skills” – of creativity, self awareness, empathy, problem solving - as you read these.
self directed play is a primary tool for evolution, a boon for parents (when their kids occupy themselves) and a joy for children. still somehow, it remains elusive... why? and what can be done to bring it back