Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 02:48:48 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Why creative play matters

photo by

By
08th-Jan-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Zrinka Peters :
"Mom, I'm bored! I need something to do." While this might be a common refrain these days, parents of a generation or two ago would likely have answered the complaint with "Go and find something to do yourself." Today's parents often change the answer to "Well, Bob the Builder's on in ten minutes", or "We're leaving for soccer practice soon."
There's no doubting that what kids fill their time with has changed pretty dramatically over the past decades. David Elkind, author of The Power of Play, writes "Children's play - their inborn disposition for learning, curiosity, imagination, and fantasy - is being silenced in the high-tech, commercialized world we have created. Toys, about which children once spun elaborate personal fables, now engender little more than habits of passive consumerism. The spontaneous pickup games that once filled neighborhoods have largely been replaced by organized team sports and computer games."
Experts are now acknowledging that the loss of creative childhood play is having some negative consequences. Creative play develops imagination and creativity - tools which are now recognized as important down the road in higher levels of math and science - as well as intellectual, social and emotional development.
Aside from child overweight and obesity figures, which seem to be rising relentlessly each year, the lack of creative play (which is often active play) also seems to be having an impact on emotional and cognitive development. Studies have shown that kids who are involved with plenty of self-directed creative play develop better abilities to regulate their own behaviors and emotions, compared to other children. Creative play gives kids a change to practice policing themselves. "Creativity and imagination are like muscles; if you don't use them, you lose them," Elkind says.
So what can parents do to help strengthen their child's creativity and imagination through creative play? Here are a few tips:
Offer a safe environment. Many parents today are afraid of letting their children play alone outside because of concerns for their safety. But in most areas there are still relatively safe environments where kids can get out and explore on their own or with unobtrusive adult supervision - backyards, neighborhood cul-de-sacs, school or community playgrounds, even parks.
Provide "open-ended" things to do or play with. These are items that can be used or manipulated in multiple ways, like blocks, legos, play-dough or arts supplies. Open-ended games, like acting out dramatic plays, puppet shows and story-building (where one person starts a story and others build on it line by line), are also great for exercising imagination and creativity.
Avoid over-scheduling and over-structuring. Elkind writes "Over the past two decades, children have lost twelve hours of free time a week, including eight hours of unstructured play and outdoor activities." A significant amount of this time has been replaced with TV and other forms of media entertainment. But that's not all. In an effort to help kids "get ahead" in skill and intellectual development, organized sports, lessons, and camps of every kind are filling up with three- and four-year olds.
Unstructured, creative play is often seen as a waste of time, since the child doesn't appear to be "learning" anything. So don't feel guilty about allowing so much "free" time - research shows that time spent in creative play is not really "wasted" after all.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Justice delayed justice denied


FIVE years have elapsed after the Rana Plaza collapse in Savar which is known as deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest structural failure in the modern human history. At least 1136 garment workers were killed on the spot and 1169 received severe injuries when the multi-storied ...

Cricket »

Shakib, Tamim to play for ICC World XI against West Indies


Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and top order batsman Tamim Iqbal have been included in the ICC World XI to play West Indies team in a one-off T20I match at Lord's on May 31.The match is being organised to raise fund for the reconstruction of stadiums that were damaged in ...

Sports »

(Left to right)) Uttam Mundy, CEO, PGTI; Arshi Haider, Chairman of bti; Siddikur Rahman, Professional Golfer; Asif Ibrahim, President, BPGA; Johnson Poh, Professional Golfer, Honey Baisoya, Professional Golfer unveiling the bti Open 2018 Trophy on Monday.


Entertainment »

Shilpa Shetty Kundra is Inspirational Celebrity of the Year


A successful wellness guru Shilpa Shetty Kundra is one of cinema’s most loved names. Her rise has nothing short of meteoric. This actress turned entrepreneur has to her credit successful yoga DVDs, a health and fitness channel is also a top-selling selling author of two books based on her mantra ...

Entertainment »

Richa Chadha’s new song look inspired by Parveen Babi’s Jawani Janeman


Actress Richa Chadha is considered to be the front-runner in Bollywood for experimenting with her looks and character in the films she does. Right from playing an old woman Nagma Khatoon in her first commercial success hit, Gangs of Wasseypur series to her soon to release film Daasdev, Richa has ...

City »

President Abdul Hamid receiving an annual audit report from a delegation led by Auditor and Comptroller General Masud Ahmed at Bangabhaban on Monday.


International »

Child rape case heightens India`s Hindu-Muslim divide


AFP, Jammu :The internet is being cut for hours on end in Jammu as authorities try to halt protests that have grown in the Kashmir winter capital since the rape-murder of an eight year old girl opened a new front in India's Hindu-Muslim divide.With near daily protests held across the ...

Editorial »

Govt must answer what happened to the force disappearances


MEMBERS of around 80 families joined a programme under the banner of "Mayer Daak", a platform of disappearance victims' family members, from across the country on April 21st, as per report of a local daily. Speaking at the event, supported by rights activists, family members slammed the state for denying ...

Entertainment »

Alia Bhatt spies on movie goers


Raazi trailer was launched recently. Last week, in partnership with FB & PVR, Alia spied on theatre audiences watching the trailer on the theatre screen and appeared on a two-way facebook LIVE in front of them and interacted with the audience as they could both see each other. This was ...

Football »

Neymar to be at peak of powers at World Cup: Ronaldinho


Xinhua, Rio De Janeiro :Brazil legend Ronaldinho has backed compatriot Neymar to make a full recovery from foot surgery in time for the World Cup in Russia.Neymar has been sidelined since suffering a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in late February.He underwent surgery ...

International »

Iran threatens to `vigorously` resume enrichment if US quits deal


AFP, New York : Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran ...

Football »

Chanathip Songkrasin (left) of Consadole Sapporo and Kazuki Nagasawa (right) of Urawa Reds fight for the ball during their J1 League match at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, north of Tokyo on Saturday.


Sports »

Kvitova, Pliskova give Czechs 2-0 lead over Germany


AFP, Stuttgart :Victories by Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over hosts Germany in their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova needed just over an hour for an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges at the Porsche Arena in ...

Entertainment »

Salman, Katrina all set to leave for tour to USA in June


Salman Khan is one of Bollywood's biggest superstars and over the years he has made a brand out of himself. Everything from his dance moves, clothes, accessories to his attitude and body language is a rage among his fans. Salman was recently proven guilty in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. ...

Entertainment »

Shahid to shoot for Batti Gul Meter Chalu


Shree Narayan Singh's Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a social drama that depicts the contradiction between long hours of power cuts and the ironically high electricity bills that dig a hole in the common man's pocket. It narrates the story of a man's fight against power distribution companies. Shahid Kapoor ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news