The post is sponsored by The Genius Of Play.
We have got to admit, the notion of “play” has changed dramatically since we were kids. I remember creating my first website on geocities when I was a tween and thinking that things were about to be really different with the world. I was chatting with random strangers from across the country (and the world!) and it was as easy as dialing a phone number.
What I didn’t know however was the way the digital age would take over everything. I find myself constantly struggling to keep my kids away from the screen but I also know that it works like a charm keeping them busy on the airplane, train and during any other travel. The struggle is so real.
Since I was born and raised in the same neighborhood that I have lived all my life, I have the luxury of taking my kids to the local parks for some fun time. They absolutely LOVE the park, and run themselves (and me) ragged every single time we go. We only get to visit the parks on holidays, or in the summertime but it really made me wonder if the kids are missing out on a world full of play in order to keep up with the rigorous demands of elementary school.
More Play In School?
As a teacher’s kid, I understand the importance of working hard in school and being focused. However, what if we had more play in school? What if kids had several times a day to release energy by playing and not having their faces in a book for hours at a time. Would the kids be more productive? Would the play be a distraction?
This also relates to fitness and grownups. When I was working full-time, I remember how much of a difference it made to get out of the office and workout on my lunch break. It was fantastic for my brain to step away, but even more beneficial for my body that felt so much better even after a super short workout.
Genius of Play
Genius Of Play is an awesome organization whose goal is to increase awareness of the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play among parents-plus encourage parents to tell their kids to go play. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the kids could have a 5 minute dance break every hour? Or if they could have quiet time with their favorite toys or books or simply free play? With the curriculum being SO serious these days, a little bit extra play couldn’t hurt anyone.