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A Day in the Life of a Kid’s Play Session: My Favourite Moments

As a play facilitator, I have the privilege of witnessing some truly precious moments, and today, I want to share a few of my absolute favourites with you.
Sara Roldan
Sara Roldan

Shaping Little Minds
London, UK

Welcome, dear readers, to a glimpse behind the scenes of a typical day at our play sessions here at ‘Shaping Little Minds.’ Join me on a heartwarming journey through the laughter, the creativity, and the sheer joy that fills our sessions every day.

As a play facilitator, I have the privilege of witnessing some truly precious moments, and today, I want to share a few of my absolute favourites with you.

Morning Buzz: The Excitement of Arrival

The morning begins with a sense of anticipation. Children, wide-eyed and eager, enter our play space, filled with curiosity about what today’s adventure will bring. Their faces light up with joy as they spot familiar friends and the colourful array of toys and activities waiting for them.

One of my favourite moments is greeting each child individually. Their shy smiles, enthusiastic waves, and the occasional tight hug warm my heart. It’s a reminder that, in this space, they’re not just little learners but cherished individuals, each with their unique personalities and quirks.

Before the exploration begins, we gather for our beloved “Hello Song.” The room is filled with melodic voices as children and caregivers join in, singing a cheerful tune that sets the tone for the day. It’s a heartwarming moment as new friends are welcomed, and old friendships are rekindled.

Following the song, we embark on an interactive storytelling journey. The children sit in rapt attention as I spin tales filled with imagination and wonder. The sparkle in their eyes and their eager participation make these moments truly magical.

The Art of Exploration: Finding Wonder in Every Corner

Our play sessions are designed to be wonderlands where children can explore and discover. Whether it’s the sensory bins filled with colourful rice, the textured mats where they can crawl and roll, or the imaginative play areas that transport them to far-off lands, the magic lies in the journey of exploration.

Watching a child’s eyes light up when they stumble upon something new or witnessing their tiny fingers dipping into a sensory bin for the first time is pure magic. It’s a reminder that the world is full of wonders, no matter how big or small.

Laughter Echoes: The Joy of Uninhibited Play

In our sessions, laughter is the soundtrack. It fills the air as children chase bubbles, build towering block structures, or engage in imaginative role-play. The uninhibited joy that radiates from them is infectious, making each moment feel like a celebration of pure childhood.

One of my cherished moments is when children break into spontaneous fits of giggles during our games. Whether it’s a game of peek-a-boo, a funny dance, or a playful chase, their laughter echoes through the room, reminding us all of the magic of being a kid.

Tiny Triumphs: Milestones and Achievements

In our play sessions, every moment is a chance for growth. From a toddler taking their first wobbly steps to a preschooler successfully stacking blocks into a tower, witnessing these tiny triumphs is heartwarming.

I love celebrating these milestones with the children and their parents. It’s a reminder that learning is a journey filled with small victories, and every step forward is worth cheering for.

The Art of Sharing: Bonds Formed Through Play

Play is not just about individual exploration; it’s also about connection. In our sessions, children learn the art of sharing, cooperation, and empathy. They forge friendships that often extend beyond our play space.

One of my favourite moments is seeing children work together on a project or comfort a friend when they’re feeling down. It’s a testament to the nurturing environment we’ve created and the beautiful bonds that form through play.

Closing Time: Reluctant Goodbyes and Promises of Return

As our play session comes to an end, there’s often a chorus of reluctant goodbyes. Children clutch their favourite toys, treasure the artwork they’ve created, and bid farewell to their playmates with promises of returning soon.

But before we say our final goodbyes, we gather for a special closing time tradition. Bubbles fill the air, shimmering in the sunlight, as children reach out to pop them with glee. Instruments and music come to life, and our space transforms into a symphony of sound and movement. It’s a joyful celebration of the day’s adventures.

As the music slows, we transition into a calming and relaxing time. Children snuggle up with and we guide them through soothing breathing exercises. It’s a serene moment of reflection and mindfulness.
And then, with hearts full of memories, we sing our goodbye song. The room resonates with sweet melodies, and even though it’s time to part ways, the promise of another day of play and discovery is just around the corner.

Seeing their eager faces as they look forward to the next session is a reminder that we’re not just shaping little minds; we’re creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Conclusion: A Day Filled with Joy and Discovery

A day in the life of a kid’s play session at ‘Shaping Little Minds’ is a beautiful tapestry woven with joy, discovery, and connection. These moments, both big and small, are a testament to the magic of childhood and the power of play in nurturing young minds.

As a play facilitator, I feel incredibly grateful to witness and share in these cherished moments every day.

Sara.

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