“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Engaging in play with our mentees gives us a wonderful opportunity to learn about each other. As communication happens through facial expressions, laughter, and body language, we become familiar with one another and trust begins to form. The relaxing nature of play often allows a child to share his or her thoughts more freely. Play can be a diversion for our mentees, giving them a reprieve from stress, or a way for mentors to help them develop problem solving or memory skills. Through play, the mentor role-models authenticity, spontaneity, creativity and fun.
Click here to review games and activities that could have you and your mentee sharpening your building skills, artistically expressing your feelings and asking your mentee “Would you rather…?”
For more activity ideas to engage your mentee, visit Activities | Seedling Mentor Program