Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Child’s play:

Parents and children have different concepts of 'work' and 'play' and kids tend to think they're hard at work at kindergarten.
By Motherpedia
Date: April 02 2015
Editor Rating:
kids-blocks

You may think your child is at kindergarten but chances are they think they’re working.

At least that's according to a study from QUT’s Dr Maryanne Theobald and Professor Susan Danby. They observed a group of inner city kindergarten kids who were asked to describe what they were doing after watching a video of what they did during the day. 'Playing’ was not something that came to mind.

"Even when children who watched themselves using paints or blocks were asked 'is this playing?', they would say 'no'," Dr Theobald said.

"The children listed such activities as painting, building, sitting on the mat with the teacher, 'walking around deciding what to do', talking and rest time as not 'playing'.

"When asked about reading stories and listening to music, children rejected the notion this was 'play' but insisted these tasks were 'listening'.”

What they did accept as ‘playing’ including dress-ups, climbing outside or role play.

"It seems that 'play' to kids has social and/or active elements."

Dr Theobald said the children in the study were gently questioned by their kindy teacher as they watched videos of that day's activities.

"They tended to first describe what they were doing in specific, work-oriented terms - such as 'building' - 'we built the thing up so the wood wouldn't break'.

"The study showed us that children and their teachers describe play from different standpoints," Dr Theobald said.

"It highlights how children's own perspectives could change our everyday concepts such as 'play' when studying early childhood education.

"Perhaps that's why the children say 'walking around deciding what to do' is not play because they are planning and setting tasks for themselves which they then try to work through with others.

"They are not haphazardly picking up random items and doing something with them."

Dr Theobald said children used 'play' to explore and gather information about the world.

She said that guided questioning by parents or teachers can help children develop higher order thinking skills as they perform their chosen activities.

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Related Articles
boy-garden
Your children may not have the proverbial 'green thumb', but…
Read more
freeplay
Kids prefer everyday objects over expensive play equipment.
Read more
kid-in-kitchen
It may result in a creative mess but getting kids…
Read more
backyard_soccer
'Deliberate play' encourages the development of improvisation skills, game sense,…
Read more
Four-tips-to-improve-your-sleep-environment-for-a-more-relaxing-night

Four Tips to Improve Your Sleep Environment for a More Relaxing Night
Sleep like a baby!

Top-four-ways-to-make-your-home-more-comfortable-this-winter-cover

Top Four Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable this Winter
Tips for when it gets chilly

Throwing-your-daughter-the-perfect-sweet-sixteen-on-a-budget-cover

Throwing Your Daughter the Perfect Sweet Sixteen on a Budget
Tight budget? Read this!

5-types-of-people-in-your-family-and-how-to-find-them-the-perfect-gift-cover

5 types of people in your family and how to find them the perfect gift
Time for some shopping!

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Img 1414 x1

Weekend Recipe: Barbecue Bananas
Surprise your guests at a summer BBQ with this no fuss-dessert that’s bursting with goodness from Australian Bananas.

Navman-shows-parents-the-way-when-teaching-kids-to-drive

Navman shows parents the…
FREE online seminar for parents on best practices for instructing a learner driver

Legofriends-snow-festival

Head to Thredbo for…
Don't miss the LEGO Friends Snow Festival!

Lego-star-wars-event-motherpedia

Join LEGO Australia to…
Fans invited to celebrate May the 4th Be With You Day 2017 at Westfield Warringah

Easter-holiday-cover

How to Plan a…
Five tips to making the most of the upcoming break