Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Education will hold a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Practice Field (across from the Lockmiller Child Care Center) Thomas Edison Campus, Fort Myers. Pop-up Adventure Play is free and open to children of all ages.
Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, public celebrations of child-directed play, stocked with loose parts (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by playworkers. An introductory version of the classic adventure playground model, they gently introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together.
“At Pop-Up Play, children are invited to play however they wish with everyday materials that can be used in many different ways, such as cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials,” said Dr. Julia Kroeker, professor of Early Childhood Education at FSW. “These materials are open-ended and have limitless possibilities; a box could be a race car, a castle, or a slide.”
“Child-directed play has numerous benefits for children in all areas of development, including fostering problem-solving and communication skills, physical development, creativity, and more,” Dr. Kroeker said. “When children choose what and how to play, they are motivated by their own interests to learn and grow.”