Kingsley: Play @ Satwa Park

Saturday 1st November 2014

Outdoor play is one of the things that characterizes my childhood. Forever at Coogee Beach, my formative years are filled with happy memories of collecting sea shells and exploring caves, rolling down green hills and lazily swaying on swings. As William Morris (of Morris Minor fame) – Britain’s greatest philanthropists (later known as Lord Nuffield) once said, the best preparation for adulthood is to have a full and enjoyable childhood. Thus childhood must include outdoor play. And Kingsley should benefit too from fresh air and sunshine: Using open space to fulfill basic childhood needs—jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling, rolling, hiding, and making a big mess—is what childhood is all about.

Infants and toddlers should be given the opportunity to explore, experiment, manipulate, reconfigure, expand, influence, change, marvel, discover, practice, dam up, push their limits, holler, sing, and create. So today, the first day of Dubai’s winter, Jiajia Dora and I took King to our local playground at Satwa to do those very things…

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