Have you heard of play deprivation?
Research from the US, UK and Australia has revealed a dramatic decline in children’s free play over the past several decades. Accompanied by an increase in depression, anxiety, narcissism and a decline in empathy. Children’s learning specialist Natalie Nicholls, joined Mike to explain why free play is so important for children’s learning. A child without play deprivation will show a lack of interest in exploring their environment. Along with increased irritability from pent up stress. As parents how can we encourage our kids to play more?
Shannon called to tell us about a program she watched. A group of researchers asked a group of children what can you do with a paper plate. A lot of kids came up with 4 or 5 things. But one child. “The researchers were saying this element of creative play. Is just really important and a predictor of future success. Being able to think outside the box.” So when her kids say they are bored she uses it as an opportunity to encourage them to find their own play. “Go outside have a look at the ants. See what is under your bed I push them to use that opportunity.
As parents, we might feel the need to entertain our kids so they are never bored. But we can use it as an opportunity to encourage them to be creative.
How do your kids like to play? Let us know by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!