“It’s a castle!”
“Now this is a boat going to the castle, ok?”
This session started with me taking two of my quietest kids into the therapy gym, and saying: “Go play!”
At first, I was met with blank stares.
“But what should we DO?”
“Figure it out,” I said with a smile.
The two 3rd graders simply sat there at first, staring at all the large gym equipment: crash mats, foam climbing ladders, inclines, etc.
Suddenly, an outburst of conversation and activity began. The room was arranged into one scene-a magical castle; it was then rearranged to accommodate the boat and the river. Finally, I joined in as the ‘scary monster’ (their request), as they flung soft beanbags at me! (It was actually really fun-I’m kind of like a big kid😊).
I’ve never heard either child speak so much, be more engaged, focused, motivated, or excited. I felt blessed to be part of a small yet special moment in their young lives where there truly was a spark of connection between two people that was fostered during interactive, movement-based, and imaginative play.
I wish you could have see those two little children walk back into their classroom-their heads held high, secret smiles of their adventure fresh on their faces.
Let’s keep free play going!!
Have a wonderful rest of your week:)