All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Playtime is part of the learning process and a gateway to fascinating discoveries for children. But having too much of a good thing can also diminish its benefits.
Read on to find out the recommended playtime duration to ensure they get the most out of it!
- Screen time
Moderate screen time is proven to be beneficial as it stimulates children’s minds and improves learning, but spending too long on the screen could take a toll on their social skills as it takes away time for social interaction. Children tend to become addicted to phones, tablets, video games and television (not to mention adults too), which is why it is wise to place strict limits for screen time.
Recommended duration: Not more than 1 hour per day
- Physical play
Physical activity is great for children’s physical and mental growth because it helps them to discover the outside world as they climb, jump and roll around while getting muddy and wet. It could also be done indoors where children can learn to draw, play an instrument or even play dress up where they can let their imagination run free. Bottom line is, anything that involves exploring gets a thumbs up!
Recommended duration: At least 3 hours per day
- Play group
Children develop social skills such as the habit of sharing and practicing their P’s and Q’s through social interaction. Socialising includes arranged play dates, playing outside with peers or even casual sleepovers at a friend’s house. However, it’s also best to let them become used to individual playtime to encourage independence.
Recommended duration: Between 2 to 4 hours per session
It is safe to say the general rule of thumb when determining children’s play time limit is moderation!
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