Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Importance of Play

I have always viewed playtime as important and essential to a child's development. They learn so much from time spent playing alone, with a sibling or in a group of children. It is a time where they are able to develop the imagination, be creative, learn cooperation, learn how to interact socially and so much more.

But I have been guilty of breaking up my children's physical play. Those times when they want to get wild and rough tumbling about and wrestling with one another. It is loud and someone might get hurt. But after reading this article, I may take a different approach because this sort of play is just as important as quieter forms. Here is the article:

http://www.movementforchildhood.com/play.pdf

And the research that is referenced in this article:

http://www.uwgb.edu/hughesf/Spontaneous%20Play%20.htm (this is 12 pages of reading)

And this article is easier to understand:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/magazine/17play.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Basically, to sum it all up. Children (boys especially) need to play rough in order to develop the frontal lobe of their brains properly. When we medicate children because they are a bit wild or rough we are actually harming them and creating brain disorders in them.

Just some food for thought.

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