Let Kids Play
According to a new study by the Children’s Play Policy Forum, play can boost a child’s development, including their independent learning skills, languageand problem-solving.
On top of improving their physical and mental health, playtime can also improve a child’s emotional well-being. It can, therefore, have a positive impact on their academic life, as well as their general attitude and behaviour.
The Child Play Policy Forum’s study found that families who lived near playgrounds reported higher levels of happiness in their children. It also discovered that play areas in play and youth facilities have lowered the levels of anti-social behaviour and vandalism in children.
School playgrounds were identified as being one of the best ways to increase a child’s physical activity, whilst helping to improve their social schools and helping them adjust to school life.
Many health professionals recommend that children between the ages of 5 to 18 have at least one hour of aerobic activity on a daily basis – many of which should strengthen their muscles and bones. Children under the age of five – who do not require any walking aids – should be active for at least 3 hours, spread throughout the course of the day.
We all know it is not hard to get childrent to play but why not introduce some educational toys (easily found online or in toy shops), or create a play group with other parents where they can socialise and learn new skills.
My boys and I are all quite social, so spend a lot of time with the children and families at the church, I can already see them turning into confident young men, and, not to brag, but they excel in most areas at school and even have an interest in extra-curricular activities – without being forced!
After school clubs are also a great way to not only get the kids socialising and in different settings, but also gives you that extra hour to ensure the house is clean and everything is set up ready for dinner, homework and bedtime. Having this routine has helped us to execute evenings in a very organised and efficient manner.
The boys love it and hardly take any coaxing, even as they get a little older and are starting to become their own people. I have a feeling this may change as the teenage years approach! Trust me, I am trying to avoid thinking of that moment for as long as possible!