What comes to your mind when you think of traditional children’s games? Well, I think of a beautiful playground, and a happy, carefree environment with kids laughing, jumping, running, sliding, winging, climbing etc. Online doctor says that all these activities linked to the traditional games that perfectly blends the three key pillars of a kid’s life – playing, testing their environment and exploring different boundaries. All aimed at offering significant physical and social benefits.
In that vein, recent statistics have pointed to a decline in major traditional children’s games which include popular outdoor games like conkers, hopscotch, and marbles. Although recent technological developments should be blamed for the decline, modern parents are at the center of the increasing underestimation of child’s play. Today’s parents are always out working without setting aside enough time to help their kids with these traditional games.
That said, this article takes a look at the physical and social benefits of traditional children’s games in support of the campaign seeking to revive traditional games.
PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF TRADITIONAL CHILDREN’S GAMES
Traditional games included several outdoor games that provided kids with valuable rehearsals for necessary skills. In most games, when chasing or catching, the players have to carefully blend their physical, personal and interpersonal skills to produce a masterpiece. This contributes to the child’s motor development (physically) and body awareness when they actively use their bodies. The games also cut across cultural and gender divides, making them vital when it comes to developing your kid’s physical skills in different fields.
Games that involve critical thinking will boost manual dexterity and improved balance, help kid’s synchronize the body with the brain (nerves) and experiment how the units cooperate. This intern leads to improved body coordination, better visual focus, overall fitness which may include weight loss for heavy kids, part of every kid’s physical exercise, and inspiring physical creativity.
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a specialist in Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, notes that every child’s development trajectory is critically arbitrated by appropriate, effective relationships with loving and reliable caregivers as they connect with children through play. This means that when parent interacts or observe their children play, they strengthen the parent-child bond as they share more skills and qualities. The parent gets to view the world from the kid’s vantage point while the kid navigates a special world perfectly created to fit their needs.
Therefore, integrating enough play time into your kid’s life will see them grow into healthy adults with a better body activity as you save them from many lifestyle diseases too.
SOCIAL BENEFITS OF TRADITIONAL CHILDREN’S GAMES
There’s something wonderfully clipped down and resourceful about most traditional games. They hardly need equipment. They can be played virtually anywhere, and can cope with a wide range of abilities, ages, and several players. The rules can be adapted infinitely as long as the logic of fair play is valued and respected.
With such a degree of playing freedom, these games will inspire the development of social skills which play a vital role in every child’s maturation process. As the kids play and have fun, they perfect certain skills and learn a lot on the playground. This offers a stable foundation that will see them grow into well-adapted and socially-adjusted adults.
According to Prof. Shari Nethersole, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, most interactive games have the significant value of improving social skills by encouraging diplomatic and well thought-out communication between the kids. These kids often negotiate rules without the help of adults, take turns in keeping the game running and follow a set structure of directions strictly.
Prof. Mark Griffiths, a Social Science professor at Nottingham Trent University, reveals that most educational games improves children’s self-esteem and offers a positive feeling of accomplishment. This intern encourages creative expression by pushing kids to think beyond their comfort zones and consider creative methods of explanation.
As a result, kids will have a better group interaction, release emotions from trauma, better value for life, gain confidence, improved focus and memory, creativity, better self-esteem, increased enthusiasm for learning, language development, better behavior, cognitive development and good social skills.
With such benefits in mind, it’s a pity how nobody seems to pay attention to talks calling for the revival of traditional children’s game. Mourning the loss of these games has become the order of the day for parents whose kids suffer from lifestyle diseases. But does it really matter to us? Is it even adults’ business or concern to get involved?
It’s high time we paid attention to traditional children’s games to save the current and next generations.