As a former English teacher, nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to quote the Bard’s famous line “the play’s the thing.” And though Hamlet’s use of ‘play’ refers to a theatrical production, the line itself does hold true of the other form of play.
Because for wee ones, play, it turns out, is the thing.
With the exception of unconditional love, there’s nothing more important in a baby’s life. So many amazing things happen in the brains of kiddos when we get down on the floor and just play: roll a ball, stack some blocks and knock them down. It seems simple enough, right?
Let your inner child out
But in a world where we’re so often overwhelmed with work and bills and laundry and dealing with this thing we call life, we’ve forgotten how to play. Just play. Look into your child’s eyes and you’ll see the brightest sparks of ideas connecting and creating. They’re born to play. And more than anything in the world, they want to play with you.
Way back when I came up with the idea for The Baby Einstein Company, I was relearning how to play. I had a baby. She was everything to me. And when I did my best, I could see how incredible everything in the world was through her brand new eyes. A flower. The feel of the grass on her chubby little knees. The joy she expressed over a repetitive game of peek-a-boo was palpable. She laughed until she cried at a dragon puppet on my hand. There was nothing like the simple freedom of that joy.
Parents learn to play, so their wee ones can learn
WeeSchool is really about teaching grownups how to play. Seems silly that we need to relearn something that came so naturally to us as babies, doesn’t it? But when we play, our children learn. And they have fun doing it. It’s the best of both worlds.
So make a play date. With your baby. WeeSchool can help!
Find hundreds of ideas for smart play and activities for you and your wee one on the WeeSchool App, available for iOS in the Apple App Store—for free for a limited time!
Julie Clark, CEO and Founder of weeSchool, wants to live in a world where cookies are for breakfast, puppies never grow old, and the most frequent sound heard is that of children laughing. Mom of two grown-up girls, she mostly misses the smell of tiny babies and still loves making positive, creative products for wee ones.