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K Davis

Unit 4 Paper
Amber Ward
Authors Pink and Szekely discussed the idea of play, and how the idea of play is

integrated in various activities to push creativity and discovery. Pink (2006) defines play as a

move away from seriousness and into the reams of fun, such as humor and games. Pink (2006)

details the story of Madan Kataria, a Mumbai physician, who through his understanding of the

health benefits of laughter had created what he calls laugh clubs. These laugh clubs are groups

of people who walk around public areas and just laugh, and this laughter spreads, as Dr. Kataria

had put it, like a virus. Videogames were listed as a popular pastime by Pink (2006), who

recalled the story of the United States army creating a video game to encourage recruitment.

Szekely (2011) defines play as a time to find new perspectives, and test potential tools.

Szekely (2011) discusses play with more of a specific relation to children practicing art, and the

authors main idea focuses around the thought of letting children experiment, and even if

experimentation creates a mess, the acquired knowledge of texture, colors, mixing, etcetera, from

such activities would be substantial.

Szekelys example of children creating dishes of food, and restaurant scenes from

ordinary objects is something I would like to dive into in my own classroom. From both Pink and

Szekely, Ive learned that adults take childrens individual learning for granted, and often limit

children in their own discovering and mess making. As a teacher, Id like a free-choice day

focused around just making a mess by having the children experiment with various kinds of

materials and creating something. And even if a student were to have created nothing, I would
still evaluate their learning by having them all document how they used the material and what

they learned about it.


Pink, D. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rules the future. New York, NY:
The Berkeley Group.
Szekely, G. (2011). Testing the world through play and art. In D. B. Jaquith & N.E. Hathaway
(Eds.), The learner directed classroom: Developing creative thinking skills through art
(pp. 64-76). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.