The general change in lifestyle regarding the overall neighbourhood safety, coupled with the change in how much time is spent by parents working, continues to contribute to the decline in hours per week allocated to young children for play. In fact, a recent article in the New York Times which compared the difference in play time between the 1980s, 1990s and today revealed a decline of about eight hours a week dedicated just to play.
In light of all this, more and more schools continue to incorporate play clubs within their premises to create a perfect environment for kids to play and learn new things. This monumental step in the right direction takes advantage of the hours of the day when a child’s brain is more active.
As a result, children exercise their muscles more while learning new things such as association, community and leadership skill. Some schools even take it further by organising trips to retirement homes where children learn from old people about what it was like to grow up in their era through fun games and stories.
Here are just some benefit of play clubs in schools:
- Kids get the chance to play every day
Play clubs provide children with the perfect opportunity to play away from helicopter parents – some developmental psychologists argue that it is important that kids chart their learning and development. This free time also provided an exchange of ideas between the kids, thereby fostering learning.
Almost all schools have both indoor and outdoor spaces where kids can exercise their imagination while playing using various equipment that the schools provide. Space is important because it enables kids to run around while playing games, hence getting the necessary muscle exercise.
- The opportunity to learn leadership and association
Play clubs encourage leadership and partnership in young kids through games that are carefully constructed to tackle this aspect. By joining teams and playing certain positions, children learn the importance of following rules and team playing, as well as the need to work hard. The need to be competitive to achieve their goals also gets taught to them by their coaches. Kids who attend schools where association-through-play clubs exist learn important social and problem-solving skills.
Here at Little Giggles, we recognise that play for development is incredibly important, but not all schools give your kids this opportunity – and, even if they do, more play is never a bad thing! Come and visit us and see our fun games and activities that help children to develop their mental and physical capabilities.