Remember the number of real friends you made every day when you stepped out of your house to play? Or the physical training lectures? You learnt new skills, gained independence, felt an increased sense of belonging, and of course, got a good night’s sleep. Seems like another era.
The last decade has seen a flurry of technological revolutions, especially in entertainment, and while change is good, technology has also resulted in misplaced notions of childhood. A growing number of experts are stressing on the importance of taking children out of their rooms and putting them back on the grounds for some outdoor play. We bring you the advantages from across the board.
Playtime brings together a peer group in a highly interactive environment. Playing with others, be it outdoors or indoors helps children develop social skills. For instance, not everyone gets to go down a slide at one time. Children take turns and follow that rule. This simple action inculcates a sense of responsibility, the ability to be considerate towards others and also teaches children the fundamentals of harmonious behavior required to be a good citizen.
In the competitive times that we live in, even children are not spared from a busy schedule seeped in performance pressures; be it in school or doing well in the hobby classes that parents enroll the child in. Playtime provides a window to children and gives them an opportunity where they are untouched by any stress. This goes a long way in preventing any negative psychological impact like anxiety and depression.
Increases attention span
Playing for prolonged time requires children to pay attention to the game. Often children chose their groups, develop or decide on a game and go about playing it for hours. The intensive sessions greatly help in increasing children’s attention span.
When children modify and create new games, it develops their ability to be creative, think abstractly, solve problems, master new concepts, listen and perceive the viewpoint of others and a lot more.
These are all life skills that organisations want to see on an executive’s resume and are essentially being developed on the playground.
A simple game like playing ‘catch’, develops important hand-eye coordination. We often take coordination of different parts of our body for granted, but in reality we would not have been able to multitask in our jobs or even text while we walk if we had not played that quintessential childhood game.
Exploring interests and building an identity
Playtime throws open a sea of possibilities for children to explore. As they move on from soccer to mechano set, from Ludo to DIY crafts, children start recognizing their areas of interest be it outdoor sports, technically stimulating games or playing with colours. Based on the interests, children gradually carve out their identity. This goes a long way in some critical decisions at a later stage in life like choosing the career path or pursuing a passion. Common interests also help people build friendships.
In this world, children explore trees, gardens, libraries, learning-rooms, fun rooms, parks by themselves.
At Rustomjee, we believe children deserve childhoods. So across the city, our buildings have specially planned spaces for kids of all ages.