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When I'm building in the block room, Please don't say I'm "just playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
About balance and shapes.

When I'm getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies,
don't get the idea I'm "just playing."
For you see, I'm learning as I play.
I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint, or standing at an easel, or sailing a boat, please don't let me hear you say "he's just playing."
For you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm expressing myself and being creative.
I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

When you see me sitting in a chair
"reading" to an imaginary audience, please
don't laugh and think I'm "just playing."
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me combing the bushes for frogs, or packing my packets with choice things I find, don't pass it off as 'just playing."
For, you see I'm learning as I play.
I may be a scientist someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle, or some "plaything" at my school, please don't feel the time is wasted in "play"
For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or
tasting foods, please don't think
that because I enjoy it, it is just "play."
For, you see, I'm learning to follow
directions and see differences.
I may be a chef someday

When you see me learning to skip,
hop, run and move my body,
please don't say I'm "just playing."
For you see, I'm learning as I play.
I am learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I've done at school today, and I say, "I've played."
Please don't misunderstand me.
For you see, I'm learning as I play.
I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in work.  I'm preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I'm a child and my work is PLAY!
 

Author: Anita Wadley



Dedicated to my precious Granddaughter,
Hunter Ann
"I Love You Sweetheart"
Love, Grandma Lori



 


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