Are we starving our children of play?

2 May 2014

Over the years, there have been many scientific and research studies conducted into the benefits of peer-to peer and unstructured play between children. With today’s busy households, we as parents often subscribe to the practice of entertaining our children with structured events around the clock. God forbid our children utter the words “I’m bored”.

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Whilst it’s great to give kids the opportunity to experience extra curricular activities – music, sport, drama, the list goes on – we also need to “schedule” down time so they can have a break. Whether it be time to play by themselves (not in front of a screen!), or with others in an environment where they are free to imagine, play is extremely important to overall brain, emotional and physical development in children.

The article below published by Times Higher Education in the UK delves into some research and scientific findings that should spark fear among us all, and motivate parents everywhere to open the door and let the kids go out to play …

“Play is serious business. This sounds paradoxical and it is, in so much as something that comes so naturally to large-brained mammals (and birds, according to some authorities), that is so much fun, is so vital. Play is a banquet for the brain, a smorgasbord for the senses, providing nourishment for body and spirit: sad then that as a society we seem to be starving ourselves of it.”

Continue reading here …

The importance of play | Features | Times Higher Education.

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