Children need to be playful and have fun. There are some elements of a child’s development that happen best when they play, so a Jabiru community will always have time and space for playfulness and fun.
For example through play, children in the middle years of their development, around ages 8 – 12, learn skills like making independent choices, invention and creativity, courage bravery and resilience, capacity to respond to new challenges and circumstances, and how to make genuine friendship attachments with other children.
Play helps children (and adults) who attend Jabiru to overcome barriers of class, gender, culture, and ability by finding ways to include each other in the play activity. It also helps a child be a whole person in the here and now by reducing stress, increasing a sense of pleasure and happiness, and allowing the child to express feelings in a safe way.