The Play's the Thing: "Spontaneous Theater" with Mixed Ages
By Faith Collins
What can we do to promote imaginative play in young children? How can we encourage and facilitate children playing together in ways that everyone enjoys? How do we help integrate the play of mixed-age groups? How can we increase our enjoyment of spending our time with the children? There are many answers to each of these questions, but one way I’ve found to affect all of these is to engage in what I call "spontaneous theater" with the children.