Following Your Child’s Lead
What does it mean to follow your child’s lead when
engaging in play?
Although the concept is easy to understand, the practical
application is difficult. We have many “schemas” or play plans
already completed in our minds. We know what we can do with Legos
or blocks or how to place the animals in the zoo or barn. We have
had past experience with these toys and feel competent at
completing our game plan. Our children however, still enjoy
experimenting and randomly placing a variety of toys in many
different areas and seeing how it looks or feels. When we
interfere with this experimentation the child looses his
motivation and creativity. In other words, we spoil their fun. Do
that too many times and they don’t want to play with you or
worse, they think YOUR way is the only way.