The creativity of children
We've been lucky enough to spend a few days with our children by the sea. I sat on the sand tonight by a beachside restaurant listening to my children describe the sunset as a "rainbow" of colours, and I marvelled at their creativity.
They spent the evening building a stone "castle", digging in the seabed for "cement" (wet sand) and carrying an endless supply of rocks and stones to build their fortress.
They found a stick to place in the top and used their brother's striped shirt (removed earlier on to prevent him ruining it with tomato pasta) as a flag.
Embrace the fun and learning in imaginary play
Then they gathered shells and sticks, seaweed and straws, and began to build a miniature village. We had to gather up their collection of finds and bring it all home at bedtime, but we will start
on the village once again tomorrow.
We've collected stones, categorised them by colours, patterns, size, and sparkles, and created a stone shop. We've dug rock pools half way to Australia. And that's not to mention all the fun and games splashing in the sea.
Sometimes working together in a team, sometimes focused on their own activities, they've spent these days playing and inventing. And as I sat there tonight it struck me that the creativity of a child is so precious and pure, and we would do well to learn from it... to marvel at how wondrous our surroundings are; to find adventure in the simplest things; not to be too sensible. We should jump into their world with two feet.
The importance of role-play with children
But it's not always easy to lose yourself like this. And this reminded me that it's been a while since we, as a family, have done a role-play Gotrovo....where the treasure hunt ventures through imagined lands, created and embellished by the child, using the ten role-play clue cards included in the pack.
It's a magical way to connect with your child's imagination, but it takes a loss of adult self-control and self-consciousness to do it. Even as its creators, this imaginative play is a facet of the game we sometimes overlook, but it's such an important aspect and one we very much wanted to make a part of Gotrovo.
So when we get home from our seaside adventures, I'm going to put my frazzled adult brain in a drawer for a while, and jump right into the imaginary world of a Gotrovo role-play treasure hunt.
Why don't you join us....I suspect we will be adventuring somewhere between mermaid's cove and the winding staircase!
So here's my plea: don't "put away childish things", as the poem says ....embrace them. Take a leap into their imaginations...the simple things really are the best.