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Fisher and Barringer Road celebrate Global School Play Day

On Feb. 5, Fisher and Barringer Road Elementary schools celebrated Global School Play Day.

Global School Play Day celebrates student imagination by encouraging them to learn through play. Students played under adult supervision, but without adult direction. The focus is on unstructured play—children playing with their peers, sharing, learning to be creative, problem solve, accepting/learning from failure, working together, being kind, exploring, and using their imagination. Toys included Legos, blocks, board games, animals, action figures, play centers, etc. The only limit is no batteries or other electrical power.

Global School Play Day began in response to the observation that many of today’s children do not grow up playing. They either passively respond to television and video games, or are constantly involved in directed activities such as school work and sports. For some children, playing with peers, sharing toys, and sharing play space is a new experience.

The idea behind the day is best summed up by the Albert Einstein quote on the Fisher first grade teacher’s shirts, “Play is the highest form of research.”

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4 children at table, classroom, playing with construction toys classroom, 2 girls at table, assembling jigsaw puzzle

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classroom, 3 girls playing Twister game

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