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A Guide for Parents

The United Nations has announced the first ever International Day of Play to be observed every 11th June 2024 to remind the world to ensure the right to play is promoted across all ages. This day came at an opportune time where as a result of globalization in the 21st century our kids don’t play in the real sense. As parents, it is essential to understand the profound impact that play has on our children’s development and to actively ensure they receive adequate playtime.

Parents play a pivotal role in fostering an environment that encourages and facilitates play. With increasing academic pressures, screen time, and structured activities, it is easy for free play to be sidelined. However, as parents, we must prioritize and schedule unstructured playtime.

Here are some strategies

  1. Create a Play-Friendly Environment

Ensure your home has spaces dedicated to play, both indoors and outdoors.

2. Limit Screen Time

Set clear boundaries on the use of electronic devices to encourage more active and imaginative play.

3. Model Playfulness

Engage in play with your children. This not only strengthens your bond but also demonstrates the value of play.

4. Encourage a Variety of Play Activities

Include physical, imaginative, and social play to promote all aspects of development.

Benefits of play

The benefits of play are extensive and touch upon various facets of a child’s development:

  1. Physical Development: Active play helps in building strength, coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. It lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Cognitive Growth: Through play, children learn problem-solving skills, creativity, and critical thinking. It promotes language development and mathematical understanding.
  3. Social Skills: Play teaches children how to interact with others, share, negotiate, and resolve conflicts. These are crucial skills for personal and professional relationships later in life.
  4. Emotional Well-being: Play allows children to express their emotions, cope with stress, and build resilience. It is a natural way for them to work through their feelings and experiences.

Risks of Insufficient Play

The absence of adequate playtime poses several risks to children’s development:

  1. Obesity and Health Issues: A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of obesity and related health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
  2. Mental Health Problems: Lack of play can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Play is a natural stress reliever for children.
  3. Social and Emotional Deficits: Without play, children may struggle with social interactions and emotional regulation. They miss out on learning vital interpersonal skills.
  4. Cognitive and Academic Challenges: Play enhances cognitive development. Without it, children may face difficulties in creative thinking and problem-solving, impacting their academic performance.

Conclusion

In conclusion, play is not a luxury but a necessity for the holistic development of children. As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure that we create opportunities for our kids to play and only enroll our children to schools that encourages learning through play. By doing so, we are investing in their physical health, cognitive growth, social skills, and emotional well-being. Let us prioritize play in our children’s lives to ensure they grow into healthy, happy, and well-rounded individuals.

Encourage your children to play today—it’s one of the best gifts you can give them for their future.

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Edgar
Edgar
1 month ago

It’s Soo nice 🔥🔥💯

Tonny
Tonny
1 month ago

Thank you for nice article.

PrayGod M. Mchaki
PrayGod M. Mchaki
1 month ago

Congratulations to the author of the article ,it’s nice and worth reading … 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Congratulations to Right Way Schools for acknowledging this important day for our kids as “Children learn as they play; most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.”

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