Think of what children are doing today to "PLAY" versus 10-20 years ago. Things have really changed and not for the best.
Our society and especially children have been caught up in the electronics revolution. Too many children are moving their fingers....but not their bodies. On top of this, "PLAY" is critical to the development of a child's ability to succeed as an adult. It is not only a 'life saver.' It is a 'life shaper,' as well.
Check out more on this important topic below.
We devoted this whole page to PLAY, as we think it is one of the missing links in the development of children. To clarify, we are describing PLAY which involves physical activity, not where children are sedentary or just moving their fingers playing a video game.
The benefits of PLAY from a physical standpoint are well established. Dr. William Bird, a world health expert on physical activity, states why the physical benefit is only one of the benefits. "Physical activity is essential for normal development of your child's brain. The brain in an inactive child fails to develop normally with fewer neuronal connections. Children's behavior and learning is improved by physical activity," says Bird.
PLAY has many benefits. First, PLAY allows...'kids can be kids.' PLAY is where children are moving, communicating, and socializing with other children. When children PLAY, they grow in physical, mental, social and spiritual ways. PLAY is where moms and dads are not hovering over them in a way where they can't be themselves. When children PLAY, they make decisions on their own, they learn to work with other children, they take risks, they communicate with their peers, and they are creative. Think about how, as a child, if you wanted to play soccer, baseball or any sport with your friends, without your parents being around. You set your own rules. If you did not have enough players to have a right fielder, you would close right field so balls hit to the right were outs. This creative process is one that benefits children when they are left alone to find solutions.
An expert in the childhood development, Peter Gray gives us further insight. "Play is nature's means for young human beings to acquire the skills to develop successfully into adulthood." Peter Gray, a professor at Boston College, recently spoke for 16 minutes on the evolution of childhood and play. Click on the video image to the right and it will take you to this page. You will be amazed by what he says.
There are many answers to the question "What has happened to PLAY?," but we have a few reasons:
We can't tackle every issue, but we have some great solutions for every parent. Create a PLAYTIME for your children of at least two hours per day.