“touche avec tes yeux, pas avec les mains”
french idiom, touch with your eyes not with your hands
Children in the City
Remember that spark of excitement from your childhood?
The sense of curiosity and discovery and aliveness with tiny things?
Remember how playing meant touching and testing and turning something round and round in your hand before you would just stuff it in your pocket?
When was the last time you saw your own Parigot children, those savvy but not-so-free-range X-Box and Playstation wielding city kids, put their smart-ware away?
When did you just see them excited about discovering a city sandbox that had not been retired for hygenic purposes? Thrilled and proudly getting dirty? Learning something new and off the beaten track? Enjoying something unexpected? Experiencing something unusual? Plunging their hands and hearts into it?
Doing something fun?
Tactile observation and playful investigation –even the empowering game of show & tell of your own childhood– tend to be lost today in favour of academic excellence that celebrates nearly exclusively the flat surfaces of bookwork and screen life. And bum to chair, stop fidgeting thank you. An urban Parisian dilemna?
But did you know that playful touch is an important path of neural development?….The most effective brain games so to speak, should be touchy-feely and fun.
Why not explore the beautiful, strange, bizarre tactile world of botany and horticulture. Nature, the arts within workshops are tailored to challenge the sensory diet of your city cherubin.
I am particularly keen on increasing urban childrens’ quotidien palette in sensory exposure. Not just the 5 or 6 senses. While my focus on fine motor skills is the introduction to textural discernment, we will be practicing a form of mindfulness and acute presence to the here and now that is very relaxing for children.
So if you are tired of hearing or saying “touche avec tes yeux, pas avec les mains” while you shuttle you kids around this grand city of culture, waiting for that opportunity to get them out into the countryside for a much needed breath of fresh air, contact me.
Let’s get our hands dirty.
Holding a tropical rain forest plant in the crux of your hand, your child might discover that the world is quite large afterall, less easy to grasp than electronic maps and touch screen pinching movements make it appear. And that we really are connected to Nature in other ways (working with nature is shown to bolster a sense of ecological stewardship).
I am clinically trained and have experience working with children of varying and differing abilities. Please do not hesitate to inquire about offerings for autistic, developmentally disabled or handicapped children.