Last night as I walked through the house I could see evidence of play throughout the house. Yes, my kids are great at play but not so great at picking up.
With 4 kids with ADHD there is also a lot of flitting from one activity to another. They were tired of their memory cards so decided to make their own cards.
I find scraps of paper everywhere.
And random toys everywhere.
Play is very important for a child's development. Many times we receive foster children who do not know how to play. When Anthony came he had no clue how to play. There were a lot of guns in his home and all he knew was how to play guns. You could give him cars and he would hold them like a gun. Give him blocks and he would put two together to make a gun. It took a long time for him to learn how to play but he did learn.
When Emma and Michelle came they did do some playing but a lot of it was inappropriate and they didn't have much imagination. They have come a long way and learned a lot from Anthony and Larissa.
From play comes imagination. From imagination comes dreaming. I can't imagine not knowing how to imagine, how to dream. So, I put up with the messes and look at all the evidence that the kids are playing. So if you come for a visit, please ignore the piles of papers, toys and general clutter.