“Mum watch this, you’ve got to see it,” my son shouts at me from outside. Today’s adventure involves a homemade skate ramp and the totally awesome (as reported by him) jump he just mastered. But what is not unique about today is that statement; the one I hear every day from him, the one I hope he never stops saying.
Our children love of play and learning seems immeasurable when they are young; it almost oozes out of them. But as they get older, the curiosity slows down and statements like “you’ve gotta see this” dwindle. They find themselves quickly in a world of packed schedules, planned activities, and pressure-filled school days.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, some of the best opportunities to learn took place in my backyard. Growing up, my brother and I spent entire days blissfully playing and using our imagination to create our own summer camps. The backyard was our playground and the trees our monkey bars. We sold lemonade, studied ant hills, played kickball, roller-skated, and read books under our weeping willow tree until the sun went down.
Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional, and cognitive development. Many parents today believe they are acting in their childrens best interests when they swap free play for what they see as valuable learning activities. Unscheduled playtime is one of the most valuable educational opportunities we can give our children. It’s the place where children strengthen social bonds, build emotional maturity, develop cognitive skills, and shore up their physical health.
Now let’s go roller skating!
Heiliana is wearing a jumper by The Animals Observatory via Orange Mayonnaise. Mila is wearing a jumper and beanie by Hello Simone! via Kidding. Rima is wearing a jumper by The Animals Observatory via Orange Mayonnaise and beanie by Milk and Biscuits via Kidding.
Photo and Style by Charlotte Cohen
Beauty by Sandra Lamzabi
Photo’s first published on Mini Maven