As with any generation, our children are born into a much different world than the one we grew up in. One of the biggest differences is our children’s ever-growing access to technology. There isn’t much a parent can do to help our children avoid the almost constant access to television, video games, smartphones, and other electronic devices.
However, the hypnotic allure provided by these technologies may just be what is holding your child’s development back. While some parents feel that structured activity is best for their child, sometimes the answer may just be letting your child let loose and explore their own creativity. Follow along as we explore how this form of ‘constructive’ play may be exactly what your son or daughter needs!
What is ‘Constructive Play?’
While partially organized, constructive play is the type of environment that allows children to problem solve, connect, understand and ask questions in their play time. Rather than simply giving a child a task to accomplish, constructive play presents your child with a challenge to overcome using open-ended materials and tools to help engage their curiosity.
This hands-on style of learning fulfills your child’s naturally desire to find out more about themselves and the world around them, building a foundation for essential life lessons and skills along the way.
Despite the overwhelming benefits, unstructured time to let kids be kids has been on a steady decline over the past few decades. Unsurprisingly, this period has also marked a spike in a child’s devotion to electronic devices and overweight children.
How Your Child Stands to Benefit
Through unstructured play your child remains free to explore on their own, building their imagination, creativity and social skills along the way as they actively make their way through the world around them. Just one trip to a children’s indoor playplace can give your child ample opportunity to explore their minds and experiment with their environment.
- Social Skills:
Constructive play often leads your child to situations where they work closely alongside their peers to help create something out of nothing. It could be as something as complex as creating a new game or as simple as taking turns with a favorite toy, but nevertheless your child’s social skills are sure to benefit when you let them go off on their own.
- Problem Solving:
While your son or daughter is left alone to explore their environment, they are likely to come across some obstacles along the way. Rather than turning to you for help, children can learn important spatial concepts that will help them work through their problems while developing critical skills such as judgment, reasoning, and balance!
- Imagination & Creativity:
Free of any structure or strict scheduling limitations, letting ‘kids be kids’ as they say is one of the best things you can do to foster your son or daughter’s creative and imaginative skills. Starting your child off at an early age will help your child
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