We observed C. in a representational play situation: C. was fishing using a large unit block as his boat and a loose part blind piece from our open-ended material shelf as his rod. N. was playing on the blocks nearby and heard C. telling the educator that he caught a duck on his line. N. was quick to jump off this boat and was so excited to show the educator that he caught a shark on his line.
Children can create their own ideas and create their own play when they are given materials without pre-determined concepts. When the children are seen as capable and competent children are able to create their own ideas of what an object is. This play situation that we observed is also a great example of parallel play and how children learn from other children in this stage of play.
Ashlie Johnson R,ECE
Jenn Cook RLS DSW