InSight – An invitation to our Inner Child

“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality.  A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet.  A small child can be a superhero.”  ~ Fred Rogers

It is good it is to be a child, isn’t it? Childhood is full of knowledge construction, and the most exciting thing is to see that these little ones uniquely grow in knowledge every single day. During your visit to Maylands this week, parents and visitors will be invited to travel in time by changing your perspective and try to see the world through the eyes of a child. Playing with this perspective is a fantastic opportunity to open up to a range of possibilities, not only for us but for our children. The way children look at the world is something unique and distinct; it is light and uncomplicated. We are more able to accept the creative offerings from children that are outside the box when we experience it with them by playing along and showing genuine interest in co-creating with them. Our children have an incredible capacity to transform ordinary objects into magical meaningful toys, games, stories and pieces of art!

“You see things and say ‘Why?’, but I dream things that never were and I say ‘Why not?’”  ~ George Bernard Shaw

Through the InSight experience, we hope to challenge you to notice the learning and growth through the amazing capacity to imagine and create coming from our children. Each child uses unique ways to share ideas and hypotheses about what they are trying to unravel. They build knowledge based on the interactions they establish with other people and with the environment, and it is a beautiful way to learn, facilitated by the art of play.


Playing is for children just as working is for us adults, and it is indeed a necessity. It is in playing that the child socializes, experiences sensations, learns to express their emotions, and it is a rich source of learning skills. Children are naturally curious beings, who listen and speak, observe and create all in search of understanding the world in which we all live. If we have the simplicity of looking at the world through the eyes of children, we can see that they are here to teach us more than we know.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”   ~ Marcel Proust

We hope that you enjoy, engage and delight in this special opportunity of InSight this week.


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“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.

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