Tesseract School participates in ‘Global Play Day’

A view of Tesseract School students on Global Play Day. (submitted photo)

Tesseract School students enjoyed a special day in February celebrating the value of unstructured play in growth and development called Global School Play Day 2017.

Young students participated in a morning full of rich language, cooperation, problem solving and imagination, according to a press release.

Kindergarteners were joined by their book buddies who teamed up to use their imagination while playing with non-traditional items such as buckets, brooms and tarps where they formed a human-sized spider web.

At the end of the day, the young students participated in circle time where they reflected on their special day. While the children loved the day, they understood Global Play Day would not be as special if they enjoyed it every day.

Tesseract School Global Play Day.

The experiences continued with the lower school classrooms as third and fourth grades engaged in their own classrooms after leaving their kindergarten book buddies.

Noticeable through the classrooms was the amount of collaboration in the room as three groups formed, the release stated.

One created forms and houses in the room; while another group used Legos; and a third group made a stage for a performance that they would present at the end of the class.

The children not only gravitated towards the stage area, but students also created VIP tickets, food, drinks, a red carpet, blinds for the stage and awards for the performances. Several students volunteered to sing, rap, dance, act and tell jokes as the rest of their classmates watched and applauded afterward, the release stated.

While reflecting on Global Play Day, the third and fourth graders comments didn’t focus on the playing, rather the amount of cooperation and collaboration to complete the projects started by some of their classmates.

A noticeable change after Global Play Day was that many of the more reserved or quieter students became more vocal and outgoing after the engaging experience, the release stated.

Global Play Day reinforced Tesseract’s beliefs that unstructured play is essential in the development of children; is essential in the development of social, physical, cognitive and artistic abilities in children as they learn to collaborate, communicate, experiment, take risks, etc.

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