A lot of my 'free' time is used to think up new games that I can play with Aaron and also how to organizing/reorganizing our play area. He has plenty of toys but most of them are hand-me-downs from ME. I haven't found it worthwhile to buy him too many new ones because he seems to pay similar attention to new, old, home made, home found or store bought toys. I might as well save that money for his school fees in the future.
So, we play a lot of make believe games or invent new ways to play with the existing toys. I have occasionally felt a little stingy for not splashing out on the latest gizmos for kids but after reading this NPR story, it looks like we're on the right track after all.
The article talks about the obvious difference in play now and in the past. Instead of being free to explore with other children, kids today are either in more structured activities or at home with high tech attention grabbers. This lack of self exploratory time supposedly causes children today to be less developed in the cognitive skill called executive function.
One of the elements of executive function is self regulation. This is how children learn to control themselves emotionally and physically. Maybe this is the reason why we often hear in the news of young children instigating violent crimes. Who knows?
Anyway, the topic of play and how I can make the most of this time with Aaron has been on my mind the whole day. Who knew there would be so much to think about play?