Would you describe your childhood with terms such as simple, adventurous, outdoors ? Would you describe your child’s childhood with terms such as clean, indoors or structured? How times have changed! Thankfully fashion and hairstyles have changed but does it matter that play has changed so significantly?
Does play really matter?
Research is telling us a resounding YES! Play matters immensely. When children play, they are learning about their world and developing lifelong skills, including: social skills, gross and fine motor skills, creativity, resilience and decision making skills. This is what we all want for our children.
These holidays please consider simplifying the break from the structured, the should -do, and the must-do, and maximising opportunities for unstructured outdoor PLAY!
Some ideas for these holidays:
Give your children a holiday they will remember (& gives you peace of mind that you are supporting your child’s health development) with three easy steps:
Written by: Bron Lucey. Mother to 3 children who share her love of the finer things in life like mud, the outdoors and general mess. Occupational therapist in her spare time.