The importance of Kid’s Play during Childhood Development

“Play is so integral to childhood that a child who does not have the opportunities to play is cut off from a major portion of childhood.” – Musselwhite

Technology and the world around us are rapidly evolving.

Our action packed lives leave us wanting more with less time for actual living.

We struggle to find time for our children, work, and social life, leaving us juggling all three at a barely manageable pace.

This pushes us to a point where we rely heavily on communication technology, information technology, and transportation technology to make our lives simpler, easier and more efficient.

We have begun to depend on innovations such as television, the internet, video games, iPads, and cell phones to keep our children busy when we cannot.

Due to these technologies rapidly improving on a daily basis, families have barely noticed the significantly negative impact and changes they actually have on their family structure and lifestyles.

According to a study by Childwise which was reported by the BCC children in 1995 spent on average 3.5 hours staring at screens, whereas now children spend on average over 7.5 hours staring at screens.

What is the impact of kid’s spending less time playing?

  • Research shows that between the ages of 3 and 12, a child’s body experiences it’s most important physical growth. Without physical activity and play children lose out on important developmental growth.
  • Childhood obesity is on the rise. In 2013, a study conducted by WHO found that 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
  • Kid’s play encourages role playing. Without it, children cannot naturally develop the skills necessary for adult life. This includes social competence, problem solving, creative thinking, and safety skills.
  • Children spend less time outdoors, leading to little or no appreciation for Mother Nature with less exercise and gross motor activities

Kid’s Play Workshop Cape Town

Our workshops are held to inspire nanny’s and child minders with ideas to keep little ones active, stimulated and on the go. These fun filled, hands on sessions teach a range of creative enjoyable activities for toddlers and young children up to the age of five.

We include favourites like musical bits and bobs, active play (both indoors and outdoors) as well as painting, cutting, sticking and fun in the garden and loads more.

These activities help develop gross and fine motor skills and stimulate intellectual growth.

Please contact us for more information on our kid’s play workshop for nannies.

 

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