Whatever your reasons and whatever your personal perspective on these and similar issues, you are in many respects disabling the child from playing flexibly with their playmates.We talked together about the ball, the branches she was standing on or wanting to stand on, the possibility of shaking certain branches by hand, how far off the ball she was from my perspective down below. I said that her left foot looked unstable up there to me. It had become almost an after-thought in her mind, or so it seemed. If this were always the context children were faced with when they play, then they may eventually grow to become adults with the very same inflexible attitudes towards themselves, others and the play environment. Like the play of many children, especially males, it has a fantasy context that utilises the environment, props and people in it as a form of fuel, each artefact compelling the player into further explorative and fantasy behaviours. Children who have little control over their world inevitably have fewer positive experiences, which in turn slows the development of their self confidence. This process is known as compound flexibility.
Portions of play matters consideration; draft formations. She placed her feet carefully on each branch before testing its bend or rigidity, and she moved on up.
The child is at the centre of the process and wants to be there because it feels good. This meaning could well be different from how adults see it.
A place that can be adapted to our needs and ideas. There is massive child development potential in a play setting. An understanding of compound flexibility should enable playworkers to be much more aligned to operating to the child's own agenda, thus supporting the child to be an autonomous actor in their own play world.
Take bullying for example - if a child bullies another child while playing they may be restricting the development of flexibility in that child, you may therefore have to intervene so as to enable the 'victim' some respite, or at Compound felxibility very least, enable the victim the capacity to develop a positive compound flexibility spiral of their own - something that may not happen should you allow them to be continually victimised by other players.
Flexibility and Playwork by Fraser Brown - this PDF contains a compound flexibility chart on the last page that maps the ideal cycle of development - is good to contrast against the cycle of play that psychludics is - to ludemos sorry xx it might help if you look at other's views of this - google search for play cycle If it helps this is a basic analogy that might help show how an experience you've had relates to the play cycle.
The challenge is to develop an approach that is neither chaotic, where staff do not involve themselves with the children or reflect on the type of environment they provide, nor over-ordered with the agenda always set by the adults. He then wraps the hose around his body and drops to the floor squirming and writhing.
Conversely a restricting attitude of the adult can shut down that extraordinary potential found in a flexible environment. An environment full of things that fulfil many different roles and functions. These theories highlight the importance of play in contrast to the effects of play deprivation and poverty and explores what constitutes child-led, child initiated, awareness for and of a child's own agenda, choice, decision making, content and containment.