The Importance of the Natural Play Group 2.0

The Importance of the Natural Play Group 2.0

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Walking along the garden path leading to one of the many beautiful temples in Bali, I noticed a group of boys standing by the bank of a small river.  I could not understand their words (they were speaking Bahasa), however I did understand their actions and the universal language of play. This natural play group consisted of eight boys ranging in age from seven to eleven. The boys had a common goal in their play – that was fishing. They were organized and roles were clearly defined by the materials each boy held. Four boys had fishing poles, two boys had small nets, one boy had a jar filled with water that already contained a small fish, and another boy had a plastic sandwich bag filled with water awaiting a fish.

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