There is nothing better than watching kids play actively and having fun in the process. The burst of energy, the excitement and engagement make watching children play a very cute thing to do. This process is especially vital in the growth process of every kid. Play and entertainment help children develop great interpersonal skills, strong bones, and muscles as well as a wide imagination. Rather than being restricted to watching the television, engaging in active player plays a very big role in keeping your kids active. This article will be discussing the reasons why children should be involved in play and entertainment.
Builds confidence and develops their creative imagination abilities
A child who had the chance to mix with different children of his/her age from different families, backgrounds and class will find it very easy build his or her confidence. Such child will be able to mix freely and consequently have a higher level of confidence no matter where he or she goes. Physical activity also gives children the chance to do new things. There are always new activities for them to try out every day and with success at their various activities, they feel a sense of accomplishment and a boosted self-esteem. For every task or exercise they engage in, they have to get good at it and once successful at the task, earn the reward for finishing the task. This raises their confidence level and makes them want to do more and take on even more challenging tasks.
Development of athletic and motor skills
The growth of children takes place really fast and usually, the kind of activities they engage in goes a long way in improving their motor and athletic skills. For instance, learning to play with a ball helps develop their motor skills and learning how to dance helps them develop their ability to understand rhythm as they move in tune with the beat or music. Of course, it is important to know that “the most active children are the fittest children,” and there is no better way to be fit other than being very active. So, to keep your kids fit, allow them to participate in dance, sports, games and other physical activities under supervision). Inactive children are prone to suffering from fatigue which is not so good for the health.
Encourages teamwork and sportsmanship
Engaging in entertainment and play activities is usually not done alone by any child. They tend to play in groups and figure out how to carry out tasks and plays together. The point is not about who wins or loses in an activity, what matters is being able to work together and trying their best to get things done. For instance, play activities like playing with the parachute are only effective when all the kids are involved or in the “cat and mouse” game, all the children must assume a specific role. In soccer, each kid will belong to a team and work with his or her teammates to defeat the other team. In these games, the success of a single person is as a result of the combined strength of every other person in the team. This creates a sense of bond, love, and support amongst the children and this is of course only possible through active play and entertainment.
Create a stronger bond between children and their parents
To create a strong bond with a child as the parent or caregiver of that child, be interested in what the child is interested in. Play with him or her and watch how much connection the child will have with that person. If a kid is trying to throw a ball, demonstrate to the kid, throw the ball with the kid, run around with him or her. You get to know what makes the child tick by participating with him or her. It is much better to play with your kid than to just watch them play.
Make the kid happy
There is nothing a kid would be interested in other than what makes them happy and play makes them very happy. Take away school work and sleeping, the next thing children want to do is play. Do the things that they enjoy with their friends; Nothing gives them more joy than being free. Do not restrict your kids from playing or deprive them of entertainment, you would in a way by taking away the things that make them wholly happy. Nobody wants a sad child. Once your child is happy, he or she will be able to do well in every aspect of life, live healthily and generally be the kind of child you have always wished for.
The importance of play and entertainment for children cannot be totally ignored of course so parents and guardians should pay utmost attention to this area and make sure their children get a healthy dose of play and entertainment.