It’s important to get the kids playing to strengthen their interaction with others. In my interview with Meredith Sinclair, she explains the importance of play.
Now that the weather is getting cooler parents should encourage their kids to go out instead of staying in all day. How do you keep them moving and learning when all they want to do is play? Well, you let them! Meredith Sinclair is a Genius of Play Ambassador and I had the pleasure of interviewing her on the importance of play. Here’s our interview so you can learn more.
Is playtime a good thing?
“It really is more than play, children develop skills and learn through play. As they play, they are learning how to interact with others and practice skills critical for healthy childhood development. The Genius of Play movement was started to bring more play back into kids’ lives.”
Why do our kids need MORE play time?
“Research has proven that just through imaginative play children become more creative, perform better at school, and develop a problem-solving approach to learning. Today’s kids play 8 hours a week less than their parents did 20-30 years ago. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 60 minutes of unstructured play every day.”
How can parents can learn more about the value of play?
“The great thing about play is that it can happen anytime, anywhere … but it’s true that our lives today are very scheduled. Something I do is take a look at my family’s master calendar and intentionally mark off some chunks of time throughout the week for “spontaneous” playtime. Sometimes spontaneity takes planning. You can find more ideas at TheGeniusofPlay.org”
I can’t wait to try some of these ideas with my boys. Thanks so much Meredith! We all need our breaks in life, our kids should be able to do the same. If you have any fun ideas on how you spend time with your kids let me know in the comments below!