Welcome back moms and dads to this insightful episode of Sense by Meg Faure, where we look at ‘The incredible secret to equipping your child for a future in the context of world with AI’ with , Hanneke Mackie, an expert in play and development and hosted by Meg Faure.
Hanneke , a mom shares her background in drama and how it led her to explore the intersection of arts and child development.
The influence of her upbringing, with grandparents who were educators, on her passion for working with children.
Meg introduces the topic by asking Hanneke about the best super skills to equip children for the future.
Equipping your child for a future in the context of world with AI- Importance of Super Skills for the Future
Hanneke identifies the ability to generate original ideas and the confidence to back those ideas as paramount.
Drawing on research and personal experience, she stresses the importance of nurturing a child’s imaginative and creative capacities,
highlighting that these skills underpin various aspects of human development, from language to problem-solving.
With an estimated 65% of current jobs becoming obsolete especially due to the evolving AI, cultivating super skills becomes imperative.
These skills, she asserts, extend beyond traditional academic prowess and include qualities like confidence, imagination, and creativity.
Art as a tool kit for child development.
Meg and Hanneke advocates for the arts as a valuable toolkit for child development.
These “innate arts” provide a versatile platform for embodied learning, playful exploration, and the development of crucial skills.
By incorporating drama, dance, and singing into a child’s early experiences,
parents can lay the foundation for future success in a world increasingly shaped by AI.
Types of play for child development
Meg discusses two main types of play , free play and guided play each playing a distinct role in child development.
Free Play: This type of play involves unstructured and undirected activities where children explore and engage with their surroundings independently.
It encourages sensory exploration, imagination, and creativity. It allows children to follow their interests, make choices, and develop problem-solving skills.
Examples include activities like building with blocks, drawing.
This form of play is essential for fostering independence, self-expression, and intrinsic motivation.
Guided play involves a more structured approach where adults, such as parents or teachers, provide some level of direction or guidance to the play activity.
This type of play helps scaffold a child’s development by gently pushing them beyond their comfort zones.
Guided play can include activities like interactive games, role-playing, or guided imaginative play.
It offers opportunities for adults to support and enhance specific skills or concepts while still allowing children to actively participate and make choices within the structured framework.
This is guided keenly under Play sense program.
Secret to equipping your child for a future
Meg and Hanneke wrap up the conversation, highlighting the importance of embracing creativity and providing children with a diverse toolkit.
Hanneke also introduces Buzz Kids, her organization focused on child development through drama, dance, and singing.
Practical examples of guided play activities for parents, emphasizing simplicity and accessibility.
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