Practices Which Could Put Child’s Play Time to a Minimum

“To a child playing is learning.” ∼ MitchRyan

Play is one of the most important factors for normal developmental growth in any child. It is a child’s world, as a matter of fact it could be the only world for them. In this world a child learns to solve problems, venue for their creative minds, and learn things around them like color, shapes, learn to do things like grasp, crawl, balance, and understand the concept of cooperation, negotiation, and give and take.  These in effect lead to the development of more sophisticated cognitive, affective, and psychomotor tasks along the way.

Modern times, however, has curtailed child’s play time to almost nothing. Our lifestyle is so structured towards getting things done that 24 hours is not enough. People are busy making a living leaving no moments for play, and relaxation. Why is this? It’s because doing so is a waste of time. It seems like these days are all about competition, profit, and innovation. Although these are excellent goals, these on the other are all result oriented. Hence the process leading to the result is given the least priority which thwarts a child’s normal developmental growth. As parents if we want to see our children grow to become great individuals who have achieved their fullest potential then we must start looking into the process of making great individuals.

Now, here are practices which I think put child’s play time to a minimum.

  • Kids taking up too many after school classes and/or lessons on the weekends
  • Too much screen time
  • Obsession on having high scores (mostly parents)
  • Class ranking and competition especially during the early years
  • Early school years inappropriate curriculum. For example, some schools give emphasis on writing and listening, thus, the series of writing books, long hours of sitting. Kids are reprimanded for not holding pens properly and are branded having ADHD because they could not sit for long hours.
  • Too many homework

Reality bites! The degree may vary from one culture to the other but sadly these are true. These and many other practices run havoc on our child’s play time which, to reiterate, is one sure process for children to engage in a meaningful learning, develop social and affective skills. Play should be treated as a form of lifestyle for children.

Playing is a child’s lifestyle.∼ MitchRyan

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UPDATED: Empowered Kids Corner: Unconventional Toys


Derick, two years old with great passion for electrical things.

While other kids are playing with toy trucks and action figures, he on the other hand likes to tinker with  fans,  extension wires, and other electrical devices.  At the supermarket, he gets really fascinated with “electrical fans”, and would rather stay there than explore the toy section.

He has other “normal” toys, but his everyday favorites are broken electrical fan, extension wire, electronic mouse, and vacuum pipe.  Among all of these his greatest favorite is the electrical fan. Who says toys are only those sold at toys stores.  For Derick, this broken fan is a toy, it is in fact an educational toy.

quite eccentric huh ^_^….

Is this a foresight of his profession or career in the future?  What do you think?

What I know is that his passion over these things is simply overwhelming.


Kids learn best through play. Play may seems trivial to uninformed individuals but it plays an extremely important factor in a child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.  As a parent, I have observed these from my very own kids.  Their personalities are developed, and they learn to interact with others through play.  They learn to express themselves, rationalize and reason out.  More, they acquire and develop a degree of linguistic understanding which together with other factors like media, parental interaction, and school, they are able to form a rather complex linguistic expressions.  In fact they experiment on words.  For example, in the midst of pretend play, my son was groping for words to use and having found none, he just simply explained “it is so hurty”.  Aside from this, they learn how to solve and resolve situational problems during role-play and imaginative play which they would eventually used in real world circumstances.

Through play, children learn interpersonal skills like empathy and sympathy. In this modern era of gadgetry where gadgets are making people indifferent, interpersonal skills are undeveloped, rare and yet ironically very vital.  We as parents must find the balance, while these technology have become an everyday household, playing with other kids is still incomparable.

Life skills are another set of significant developmental tasks children have to learn.  These skills are associated with how well we live life in the future.  These have been related to how well one manages oneself in studies, and workplace. For kids tying shoes, folding laundries, study habit, cleaning ones room and the likes are simple life skills that instills life long values which could later on translate to having organizing, management, relational, and personal skills.

Without a doubt play is an essential in growing up.  If you take away play, then you don’t only deny children their childhood you are also taking away from them their future.


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