Allow time for regular free play
BEAT THE BOREDOM
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.