Increasingly, research is showing the value
of children playing with adults in bringing added dimensions to children’s play and developing their skills and understanding of ways they can play together – fairly, equally and richly.
At Licketyspit, we agree with Vygotsky that there is no reason not to tell or show children things because this assumes a child’s learning is finite. Children are going somewhere we cannot even imagine. So, it’s fine for adults to support children’s play, creating a safe and equal space where they can join in and share their imaginings, skills and ideas. Children will simply take what they want from us. The crucial word here is equal. An equal play space where the adult is not dominant but meets the child in play.
This is how Storyplay delivers on children’s rights and promotes human rights for all; the right to be heard, to have agency in decisions that affect you, to have positive relationships, the right to identity, to family, to culture, and of course, the right to play.