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April 19th, 2009, 06:15 AM
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With schools starting younger, lasting more hours, so much emphasis on academics etc, the large number of organised activities, and of course modern worries about safety letting your children raom the neighbourhood etc... Do you think children ahve enough unstructured play time and opportunities now?
Was it better years ago, spending all summer outdoors, or now with Wii and playstation?
Today's busy children aren't getting enough play time, warn pediatricians

Too much learning and not enough play 'stunts children's development' - Telegraph
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April 19th, 2009, 08:31 AM
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I don't think there is enough play time. And I think when kids do play they don't do enough imaginative play. I once saw a special on PBS (maybe a frontline episode *shrug*) about kids and play. There was a small community somewhere up north (maybe in the east?) that was making a huge emphasis on playing outdoors and just running round. Not a playground or baseball field, just the kids and nature. I wish I could remember more about the program, but it was years ago. Someone wrote a book about it I think. DH was ready to move after seeing it.
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April 19th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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At our school, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders only get recess 2-3 times a week. When they do, it's in an open area with only a few swings and teather ball. They have to "make up" their own play. I'm not sure how I feel about that, because I want my children to get exercise as well, and without the equipment they don't get what they could, kwim? The younger kids PK-2 get the playground on the other side of the school and again, that's only IF they get recess for the day. They do have Yoga and Tai Chi they do a couple times a week, but not the kind of exercise I would like them to get.
Sorry, I don't know how play got turned into exercise. With that being said...No, I don't think they get enough.
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April 19th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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I would say probably not & certainly not like we did. We used to play in teh woods & follow the creek for hours...things I would be worried to let Ds do at those ages today..

It makes me sad really.
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April 20th, 2009, 10:55 AM
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Add to all that you listed the fact that many children are in after school care and or daycare until dinner time, and parents do not have/make the time to get thier kids outside every day. I fondly remember coming home from school and playingoutside for hours before dinner( in our yard)..We were poor and had no swingset stuff,we just made up games and ran around.
We had no television either. I definitely share that same experience with my dd and hope to keep the spirit of free play and discovery alive for her as she gets older.

It is sad that we are not free to send our kids out alone like we were, but we also have the option to play along side them and/or set up healthy boundries for them in safe places...(hiking, biking trails,beaches,parks with expansive view ect..)
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