Skip to main content

Playtime! Kids discover the world through play

05/04/2016 01:34PM, Published by Jennifer Gonzalez, Categories: CV Family CV KIDS

By: Connie Tator


How does playing help children discover the world?

            Play is the most important activity in a child's day. It's like work; it's their sense of purpose. It can become more important to them than eating sleeping, or in some cases going potty. Play is an opportunity for children to learn how things work in our world, problem solve and engage with other children. It gives them life skills.


 How can parents keep playing fun?

            Mom and dad and other caregivers can make play fun just by taking the time to actually "play with their kids." It doesn’t matter what the activity is.

            Children crave time with their parents. It makes them feel special. Have a pillow fight, play outside, play a board game, dance and listen to your favorite music together. Make arts and crafts or even going on a walk and talk about what you see along the way. Having fun with your child is vital, and you might even discover they actually become more compliant!


How can parents keep playing safe?

            Set boundaries. At the same time, "explain" to him or her why it’s not safe to play in certain areas or with certain things and what the consequences will be. Children might need a few reminders. That's okay. Eventually they will get it. They are little people who understand a lot more than we think!


Are sports skills important for kids who don’t play sports?

            Sports skills are so important, whether children go on to play team sports later or not. Sports help children break down barriers, making them feel good about themselves physically and mentally. They build social skills with their teammates as well as adults (coaches/officials). Sports teach kids about rules, how to win and lose, discipline and helps to build positive self-esteem. Sports also give kids drive and determination. Studies show because of sports children tend to excel in academics!

How can parents be involved, but still give their children independence? 

            When it comes to independence, parents and children will both have to step out of their comfort zone. It’s not always easy to do. There are many stages of independence in a child’s life, but it starts as early as infancy. Teach children to play independently for short periods of time. Parents should also put them in large and small social settings with other children early on. 

            As children grow, independence changes. Between the ages of 4 and 5, it may be allowing a child to play alone in the backyard with supervision. Around the age of 8 and up, parents can consider allowing their child to ride their bike up and down the street or around the block, as long as it is a safe environment.

            Try to avoid the word "no” as much as possible during toddler years. Instead, give more choices, even begin small responsibilities. More than anything, parents should celebrate their child's successes. It builds positive self-esteem.

How often should kids play?       

            Kids should play every day! As kids get older, parents should monitor their screen time with electronics.  The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of exercise per day.

How do you play with your children?

            There are so many ways to play! In cases where there are siblings, make sure they are getting one-on-one time, too!  If there’s only one child, get them together with friends their age.  Physical play can help children learn balance and coordination. As they become more in control over their own body, they will naturally become more confident.

How many children do you have? How old are they?

            I have two children.  David is 10 and Simone is 4.

How can a parent increase their child’s self-confidence through play?

            Watching a toddler attempt a forward roll, tossing a ball with a preschooler or playing Legos with an older child may seem insignificant, but it actually has a huge impact on a child’s self-worth. When a parent plays with their child rather than observing them, that child will see that they are valuable to Mom and Dad. Parents will also send the message that they are the most important role model in their child’s life and share in their interests.

            Playing with kids builds bonds that will last forever, well into the teen years! It lets the child know he or she is loved and appreciated. It opens the door for sharing problems and concerns when the need arises. It helps the parent get to know and understand the uniqueness of each child. It is also a great stress reducer for overworked parents!

Connie Tator CV KIDS

  • Tai Chi for Health


    Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. ...

  • Breathe Easy: Sinus Seminar

    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon, will ...

  • Come spend an evening creating a gorgeous Fowl Feather wreath perfect for the Fall season! Gather...

  • Yoga and Wine

    07:15PM — 08:15PM

    back to school can be stressful and we know you will need a little break to re-energize! sip, ...

  • Murchison Road Farmers Market

    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, and herbs are sold at this weekly market, located across from the...

  • Beth Moore Simulcast

    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    <Fayetteville, NC>– <September 23, 2017>– LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries...

  • Everybody's favorite trip around the world...for free! Parade of Nations, live performances, auth...

  • Pop Up Flower Shot

    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    The owners of Gathered will be in to help you build your own bouquets or pick from thoughtfully p...

  • Hay Bale Festival

    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Our Hay Bale Festival is not to be missed! Enjoy hay rides and our special Hay Bale Obstacle/ Cha...

  • Kensie Royale

    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support stillbirth research, promote education a...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

CityView Facebook
CityView Family Facebook