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Childhood Unplugged

Posted by May Recreation Content Team on Nov 30, 2017 12:38:00 PM

myles-tan-84040.jpgWe talk a lot about the importance of playing on the playground for children. Playing on the playground plays a vital role in the development of a child, it provides them with a healthy dose of vitamin C, it’s a great form of exercise, it helps them learn social skills and it’s just plain FUN. 

There is, for lack of a better word, a movement called Childhood Unplugged, that was established by a group of photographers in 2013 who are “committed to making a conscious effort to encourage their children to get back to the art of play” by unplugging from technology and indulging in play the old-fashioned way. A quote by Fred Rogers graces their website: 

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Fred Rogers 

This quote beautifully sums up the importance of children unplugging and indulging in good, old-fashioned play. It’s not just fun and games — it’s critical for physical, emotional and cognitive development of a child. Playing on the playground teaches kids the fundamentals and skills needed to help them grow into a functioning adult. It teaches them to love physical activity, leading to healthier habits and an overall healthier lifestyle. It allows them to be creative, explore, problem-solve, socialize, appreciate nature and to be challenged physically and mentally.

We’re not suggesting you make your children unplug forever; technology is unavoidable in this day and age, and children are our future, so they need to be tech-savvy. However, we are suggesting that you make sure they their screen time is balanced with essential, old-fashioned playtime.

Get your kids to the playground now and thank yourself later! 

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Topics: Play & Fitness, Childhood Unplugged

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