The Importance of School Holiday Play
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 helps – including social skills, gross and fine motor helps, creativity, resilience and decision making skills. This is what we all want for our children.
These holidays consider simplifying the demolish from the structured, the should-do, and the must-do, and instead maximising opportunities for unstructured outdoor play!
Some ideas for these holidays:
- Grab one cardboard boxes, texta pens and a roll of packaging tape and direct them outside to build a ‘cardboard city’.
- Create art by squirt bottles filled with water and washable paint, with butcher’s paper taped onto the fence.
- Grab an old pot, plant any seeds and water with a squirt bottle (paint the pot too ????).
- Clean out the kitchen and donate unwanted utensils and pots to the outdoor mudpit – they don’t upkeep what it looks like, all they will is a pile of mud.
- Book a half or stout day with Jump Up Outdoors and let them consume the same simple, adventurous, outdoor play that we when experienced.
Give your children a holiday that they will remember (and that gives you peace of will that you are supporting your child’s healthy development) with three easy steps:
- Encourage outdoors instead of indoors.
- Value messy play above keeping clean.
- Replace structure with unstructured, child led play.
This article was available by www.natureplayqld.org.au with title The Importance of School Holiday Play – Nature Play QLD.
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