If one asked what a child should do yet in the 90s, we would naturally answer – play. A play has been a truly childish business at all times, but today we start to think it over. There is so much information around that we take it children have to learn reading, writing, and math as early as possible. What is the point of wasting time playing when little kids are so susceptible to learning new things?
In fact, pediatricians and psychiatrists insist that a play is an integral part of the happy childhood. Play helps kids boost their memory, regulate emotions, participate in the group, and develop academic skills. A play is the easiest way to let children develop and feel great – as simple as that. Children do not have to read or count to build new neural connections.
In times of increased demands and responsibilities, an unstructured free play time is especially important to little kids. A play is the time to let down their feelings and desires. It is the time to build connections and role relationships with others. A play removes stress and prepares children for a small class. We shall not forget that children in primary school are very energetic and impulsive and it is impossible to make them sit for hours in the room.
A play with siblings or neighbor children is especially important in the digital age. Today kids have little access to other kids, which does not let them build imagination and exchange roles. Playing with others, children resolve conflicts, make decisions, and make a compromise. At the same time, they rest, entertain themselves, and have fun.