Family Literacy Day extolls virtues of play

Play is the work of children - it is where fundamental learning takes place.

  • Jan. 25, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Play is the work of children – it is where fundamental learning takes place.

This Family Literacy Day families across Canada will Play for Literacy. Campbell River will celebrate by offering a variety of playful activities.

Activities will take place downtown from 1:30 – 4:30 tomorrow. In honour of this day three Campbell River people were asked about the role of play in their lives. 

George Lambert, President, T-Mar Industries Ltd.

What did you like to PLAY as a child? 

I liked building things like forts, dams and snow houses.

What is your PLAY as an adult?

I like to garden, hunt and fish. I like camping as well.

Why is PLAY important for children? 

I think play is important for children because it develops their creativity and problem solving skills as well as developing their confidence and self-reliance. It is also very healthy to go outside and play – turn off the computer put on that raincoat.  

Erin Wallis, Owner, Erin Wallis Photography

What did you like to PLAY as a child? 

I loved playing outside in our creek, we would pretend to be explorers.  We also love to pretend to be famous painters in our garage and we had our own TV show where we taught people how to paint.  We were forever making up detective games and riding around the neighborhood on bikes looking for clues to crimes and puzzles that existed only in our imaginations.  

What is your PLAY as an adult?

As an adult I love to walk outdoors with my wild pup and family, dream up wild ideas with other creative minds and take random spontaneous roadtrips that always lead to fabulous adventures.  

Why is PLAY important for children? 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein. 

I happen to agree with ol’Albert here.  

Guy Lapointe, Managing Director, Tidemark Theatre

What did you like to PLAY as a child? 

I was a bit of an athelete so I liked to play hockey, football and soccer. I also got to see Star Wars in the theatre and we spent a lot of time role playing the movie. I liked to pretend to be Han Solo.

What is your PLAY as an adult?

I’m a dad to a five year old and a two year old. I like to go to the beach with my kids and we love the ocean. We also like role playing games and we play a lot of Lego.

Why is PLAY important for children? 

I think play is so important in building social skills. It’s great to play with the kids creatively and let them take the play where they want to take it. To see that creativity unfold is amazing.