Al­low time for reg­u­lar free play


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t’s easy to blame tech­nol­ogy for the zom­bie-like ways chil­dren sit for hours clutch­ing their de­vices or star­ing at the tele­vi­sion. But Dr Street says tech­nol­ogy is not the sole cul­prit for a lack of self­di­rected play in homes and schools.

“Self-di­rected play al­lows chil­dren to en­gage in an ac­tiv­ity where they have choice and con­trol over what they do,” Dr Street says. TAKE A BREATH The bore­dom pe­riod gen­er­ally lasts about 20 min­utes be­fore a child finds a way to get creative. CRAFTY KIDS Look for a space for craft or an area the kids can build a cubby.

“It al­lows a child to be­come so to­tally en­grossed in their ac­tiv­ity that time passes with­out them even notic­ing. It’s called be­ing ‘in BE SO­CIAL Play dates with friends are great for build­ing so­cial skills and en­cour­ag­ing imag­i­na­tive play. BACK­YARD FUN Na­ture can be the best babysit­ter and of­fers a range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

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