Why Kids Blur the Line between Work and Play

Play is the work of childhood.

So why DO kids blur the line between work and play?
  Because play IS their work!  Play is the most important activity of early childhood.  So even when it looks like a child is “just” playing, there’s really some serious learning and developing happening as a result of the play.
Music and movement activities are perfect for inspiring a child’s play, not just in Kindermusik class but also at home, because musical activites:

  • encourage children to think creatively and “out of the box”
  • give children many opportunities for open-ended exploration
  • use usual objects in unusual ways (i.e., a plastic hair curler that becomes a pull toy)
  • invite children to use their imaginations
  • stimulate expressive skills
  • incorporate pretend play

Children will engage in play in different ways at their different stages of development.  Here’s a quick overview so that you know what to expect as you observe your child at play.
Stages of Play


Shared by Theresa Case who has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in beautiful upstate South Carolina.

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