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Freies Spiel  (Free Play)

This audio-graphic conceptual work was inspired as I watched my daughter experiment with brush and paint on an easel at her local Playcentre.

 

The over-arching philosophy of 'free-play' in early child-hood education is that it is an unstructured, voluntary, and spontaneous child-initiated activity where the child can develop their imagination while exploring and experiencing the world around them. It is unhindered by goals and rules set by adults. Many of the benefits of free play include cognitive development, use of creativity, development of social skills, problem solving, and confidence building.

 

The concepts of 'free-play' find their roots in the studies and writings of pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel who coined the term kindergarten in reference to his 'Play and Activity Institute' founded in 1837. Today the American Academy of Paediatrics Clinical Report states that the need for unstructured free play in the life of children “is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child.”

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