The Kids Place 4 Fun

Ivacraft By Ivacraft , 27th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Making sure our children are having fun. To let kids fully enjoy all the benefits of playing together, you should give them enough freedom and allow for unstructured time without strict parental control and guidance.
Today, kids have a vast array of splendidly designed outdoor and indoor playgrounds. This doesn’t mean you should skip regular visits to nature and parks.

The Kids Place 4 Fun

Every parent tries to do as much as they can in order to see their kids healthy, happy and successful at school. Making sure our children are having fun is another highly important goal that shouldn’t be forgotten since it’s prerequisite for normal cognitive, physical and social development. This is where the playgrounds jump in - time spent playing has numerous benefits for kids’ health, enabling them to express their creativity and boosting their self-esteem.

Physical play may do for kids more than just improve their health and physical fitness. Experiments proved that animals raised in stimulating environments have significantly bigger brains, thanks to the chemical that’s increasingly produced during physical exercise. It’s called BDNF and it’s essential for brain cell growth. Although these experiments are conducted on rodents, some studies on children show that exercise makes them quicker and more focused, decreasing their impulsiveness at the same time.

Since beneficial effects of exercise are well-known and undoubted, you have nothing to lose by encouraging your kids to engage in active, physically demanding play. However, there’s a huge difference between structured, ‘boring’ exercise resembling PE classes and creative, free play. To let kids fully enjoy all the benefits of playing together, you should give them enough freedom and allow for unstructured time without strict parental control and guidance. Many experiments support this fact. Animals who were allowed the freedom to explore their surroundings achieved better results. Even structured but fun activities are better than conventional ‘play’ that resembles army drills. Here’s a lesson we can learn from these experiments: don’t make your kids do something they don’t really enjoy and don’t limit their activities to team sports - hobbies such as dancing and roller-skating can be even more rewarding.

Being a mother, I must admit that, after reading the results of many experiments, I always think twice before limiting my kids’ playground time. Many parents think that doing homework is much more important than play but, apparently, that’s not true. I’m not trying to deny the importance of time spent in the classroom, but I’m becoming more and more convinced that it may be less significant than time spent ‘having fun’. It doesn’t even have to be physical play - kids’ games such as role playing, making up different scenarios or playing with construction blocks will have a positive effect on their cognitive abilities, language development and social and emotional intelligence. Also, not only are the children who spend more time playing smarter, happier and more creative, but playing has an overall great effect on the adults as well.

Some time ago, children didn’t have much of an alternative to playing in neighbourhood parks. It wasn’t so bad though - hiking, camping and playing frisbee in the backyard are still much better alternatives to watching TV. Today, kids have a vast array of splendidly designed outdoor and indoor playgrounds. They are equipped to provide challenging but safe and carefree surroundings in which kids can play without limitations. Such well-designed playgrounds allow children to explore, play freely and develop all sorts of abilities spontaneously. This doesn’t mean you should skip regular visits to nature and parks. However, playgrounds are the best and safest alternative to streets and a place where you can supervise your children without interrupting the natural flow of their play. Most importantly - you won’t have to wait long to see the benefits - happy, relaxed children who are able to interact with their friends in a positive way.

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Fun, Games, Kids, Kids Activities, Playgrounds

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th May 2015 (#)

Good tips, thanks. Children are happiest when they mix with others of similar age. I have seen some parents preventing this natural inclination of growing especially when they have no siblings to play with at home.

I find too much emphasis on academic results in Asia that I avoided as I felt every child is different with different capabilities - siva

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