The child's idea of time is completely different from ours. For us time is concrete, based on the clock and on the calendar. Time for children is the time of the experience. The play time. There is no today and tomorrow for them. All is somewhat discontinuous and it can’t be measured, but simply lived. They experience the idea of playing time because it is when they can become whatever they want and have fun!
Some parents might have the wrong idea that their children are wasting time when they are playing. But they are in fact working their biological, cognitive and affective issues.
Giving kids the time and space for fun physical activity will improve their health and boost their creativity, coordination, and social skills. What's more, by joining them during playtime, you can create memories that they will cherish for life
With opportunities to play outside becoming limited due to lack of time, resources, and facilities. One concern parents have is that children cannot play safely outside of the home unless they are under close adult supervision and protection.
You don't need a big outdoor space or exclusive facilities for your child to enjoy active play. Follow these tips to create a healthy active-play environment to help these bonding moments happen more frequently at home
1. Set aside an area for active play inside your home.
Choose a space that's big enough for your kid to move around in but small enough to discourage running indoors.
2. Provide portable play equipment.
The equipment can be jump ropes, Hula-Hoops, tumbling mats, batons, and balls.
3. Make the space safe and comfortable.
Add a non-slip rug or rubber matting, floor pillows, and blankets. Turn them into tents, forts, and an alien landscape during playtime
4. Use visual aids.
Hang colorful pictures around the play area at your kids' eye level. These can go under tables and on the sides of desks—places you normally wouldn't think of displaying art in. Sit on the floor to see the space as your little ones see it.
5. Stock up on props.
Stuffed toys and dolls can become an army, while recycled boxes and toilet paper tubes can be used for constructing buildings and bridges.
6. Consider noise levels when locating your play area.
Don't put the play area where you or other family members use the phone, study or work on the computer, or watch TV.