On March 15th, DFS students will take time out of their busy day to…PLAY! We will be empowering the students to use their imaginations as they spend time engaging in play. Unstructured play helps students to develop creativity, passion, communication, collaboration, and a wide variety of other important skills. In his TED Talk, Peter Gray argues the case that today’s kids do not grow up playing, which has negatively impacted them in many ways. This talk inspired the creation of Global School Play Day.
Global School Play Day was created in 2015 to restore unstructured play to the current generation of kids. This year, 535,690 students from 72 nations participated on the actual day in February.
On Friday, March 15th, students will have 90 minutes of unstructured play time. Here are some examples of things your child may bring to school (be sure to your child’ name is clearly marked on all items). Building toys (legos, K’nex) Card/Dice Games Puppets Board games Arts and Crafts Puzzles **The only restriction is that the games may NOT require batteries or electricity.** Though our play day will be unstructured, it will still be supervised by teachers. We are so excited about this great learning opportunity for our students to enhance social skills, innovation and creativity through play in a fun atmosphere. It is our hope that this day of play will inspire families to plan for more unstructured play time during non-school hours.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” -Plato