Today’s children are overwhelmed with an abundance of activities and fewer opportunities to enjoy outside play. Video games, TV, after-school activities and an increasing focus on academics have led to disappearing playgrounds and playtime. This reduction in free play can negatively impact the development of children.
Tot Lot is an essential safe space where children can be themselves and express their fun-loving nature while developing crucial cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills. It is high time to give important to parks and play areas in a school.
To put it simply, play is a spontaneous activity children engage in to have fun. Experts in a variety of fields including psychology, biology, health and education have conducted a multitude of studies on the concept of childhood play all proving the same critical fact — play is an essential aspect of learning. When children play, they gain a huge variety of skills:
- Motor skills
- Cognitive abilities
- Social awareness
- Improved flexibility and balance
- Opportunities to learn how to control their movement
- Stronger muscles
- Improved immune function
- Lowered risk of obesity and diabetes