I've been substitute teaching in the preschool/kindy classroom at a local school and they have one little plastic play kitchen with a sign posted there that says only two people at a time. It is a huge hotspot, naturally, and the children quarrel over it constantly. The aide told me that they used to have a second tabletop play kitchen set up but that the children kept knocking it over all the time so they got rid of it. I looked at her and thought, these kids NEED another play kitchen. So, beyond the painting burners on the playground stumps idea, does anyone have suggestions for really quick and simple kitchen setups? I would love to encourage more imaginative play in this group of kids. One of them actually looked at me yesterday like I was S-L-O-W and explained to me in no uncertain terms when I said something about toys, "We don't play with our toys. We watch them."
I was stunned. This generation will face so many challenges. And a loss of play seems to be right at the top of that list.
The Challenge of the Will: Experiences with Young Children