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The Benefits of Age-Mixing in Play

The Benefits of Age-Mixing in Play

With time constraints and less available safe community play spaces, age mixing in neighborhood play has declined. Besides sibling play and playing with cousins during family get-together, the opportunity for age mixing of children from varying backgrounds and...

Adult-led versus Child Initiated Play

Adult-led versus child initiated play- Let’s revisit the difference ? With the shifts in play trends, we have seen less time and opportunity for child-led play. While balancing screen-time and play, it also appears that adult-led play or structured play activities...
Physical & Playful Indoor Play

Physical & Playful Indoor Play

Time constraints, concerns around safety and limited or no availability of outdoor space for some families, are some of the factors that have contributed to the shift in children spending more time indoors than in previous years. This does not mean that physical play...
A Look Into Playfulness

A Look Into Playfulness

Playfulness has been described by Bundy and Skard as a child’s (or adult’s ?) disposition or attitude to engage in play. Playfulness encompasses intrinsic motivation and control during play, the ability to read and give play cues as well as choosing the degree of...
Pause to Play

Pause to Play

Time constraints and concerns around crime and safety are some of the contributing factors that have shifted play from outdoors to children spending more time indoors (not necessarily playing).⁣ Recent studies have found correlations between screen time and children...
Playful Ways

Playful Ways

Playful engagement may come easier to some than others. However, creating opportunities for and occasionally getting involved in your child’s unstructured free play, in addition to the developmental benefits, also provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding. Step 1:...
Play Prompts

Play Prompts

Is it a rocket ship, the entrance to wonderland, a supercar… Non-literality: marked off in some way from reality; not restricted by specific set of rules or boundaries; imaginative. Recycled items and objects offer a non-literal element to children’s play. This...
The Importance of Unstructured Free Play

The Importance of Unstructured Free Play

Structured play refers to play activities that have a specific goal, outcome or set of rules associated with it. In structured play, activities are often organized or lead by an adult who may direct how, when and what the child engages in. There certainly are benefits...
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