Remember everything you learned during your hay-day when you were the king of recess? Most remember learning how zombies can ‘tag’ others, where the lava monster can and cannot go, how running to the fence and turning around was the best route in football, the outcomes of when your friends would dare you over… The list goes on and on, and now the American Academy of Pediatrics has come to the aid of recess. In their latest policy the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated, “Recess is good for a child’s body and mind, and withholding these regular breaks in the school day may be counterproductive to healthy child development.”
The NFL has an entire campaign urging kids to get out and play with their “Play 60” campaign. Their initial goal was to help fight childhood obesity and to use their star power to urge kids to play outside instead of online in this new digital age. Now playing can be more than just keeping your child physically active and fit. Your child needs to go out and play to help with their social, emotional and cognitive developments, not just their physical developments. The American Academy of Pediatrics says recess should be a “complement to physical education — not a substitute.”
So what are some games that you can play with your children back home or organize among your community? You can go back to your teenage babysitting days or even your college days when you would sign up for intramurals. Red light, green light is a game that gets kids moving physically while engaging them mentally by listening to the signals shouted on whether to go forward or not. The rules are quite simple; one person stands across the way from everyone else and is the signal caller, they say green light with their backs turned and everyone can move across until they say red light and turn-around. If anyone is still moving after red light, they must go back to the starting line and start over. Other activities you can organize amongst your community are; flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis, kick the can, capture the flag, and many more.
Sports and games allow children to socially communicate amongst their team members, develop strategies amongst another, perform their strategies, and learn how to handle defeat or victory. For a list of more games to play with your kids visit here and encourage your children to get out and play with their friends the next time they have a get together.