My dad was always the parent that played with my brother, sister and myself when we enjoyed a little family fun. Actually, my dad played with my cousins, our classmates, neighborhood friends playing at the playground, and even stray pets. I will always remember his as being a kid-at-heart. Not quite surprisingly, as a parent myself, we host the overwhelming majority of play dates and are no strangers on the playground. Calling on my inner creative spirit, I keep a virtual plan of action in mind for giving kids the benefits of 7 days of play for health and wellness.
An added bonus to actively engaging in play are the health and wellness benefits. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today. During play, kids are able to unwind and release unhealthy stress. The ability to play with others and even solitary play will allow kids to reduce their feelings of anxiety and pent-up energy.
Managing to incorporate play and learning into the daily schedules of our kids as possible may seem counterproductive, however, we are actually preparing our kids for bigger and better achievements. Fostering self-esteem and character development are life skills that kids can best master through structured and open-ended play. Here are some fun ways of giving kids the benefits of 7 days of play for health and wellness.
This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play. The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play.