“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” – Heraclitus
There is a good reason behind the saying “play is a child’s work”. Children hard at play are in a world of their own, engaging in a fierce battle on the deck of a pirate ship or whizzing past planets in a space shuttle. At the same time, however, they are concentrating totally on what they are doing.
Play gives children the ingredients for:
- social interaction: teamwork skills and “emotional intelligence”
- developing their physical coordination and motor skills: children learn the most important motor skills before the age of six
- intellectual development
In fact, these skills are vital for the survival of the entire human race. According to Lappset’s philosophy, children do not just learn with their brains but with their whole bodies. That is why combining learning with physical activity is a true embodiment of the famous proverb, “a sound mind in a sound body”.
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Did you know that...
All mammals play, especially when young. What makes this interesting is that the more intelligent the animal, the longer it maintains its playfulness. Fully grown dolphins spend the majority of their day thinking up new games.