Bean Play at Adventure Preschool, UK
I remember coming away from the morning visit thinking about the role physical barriers play in
fostering connections. In one instance, it was the space between the top and the bottom of the tube
and in the other instance, it was the weaving screen itself that formed the barrier. Do the barriers
create spaces in which children feel a sense of safety from which to operate? Does that feeling of
safety lead to a sense of confidence that allows the children to actually open up to connecting with
Though children are hardwired to make connections, the conditions for making connections are many and complex. For the most part, making connections is a reciprocal dance in which the players are constantly negotiating and making up the steps. In the play episodes I have related both last week and this week, I am struck by how little language played a part in fostering connections. Rather, the predominant mode of connecting was through physical interactions with materials and others. And within those physical interactions, children were constantly required to read the non-verbal cues of others to keep play going. Maybe the physical interactions necessarily have to come before language. What do you think?