It seems like kids today are busier than ever. Most children spend 6 or more hours a day at school, and then there's dance and soccer and piano lessons. While school and recreational activities are definitely important, is it really beneficial to keep our kids so busy that they rarely have down time? I personally believe that being bored occasionally is healthy, and here's why:
Unstructured time gives children the opportunity to explore their own interests and forces them to think outside the box.
Studies have shown that the human mind is more creative when we're bored. When we have nothing to occupy us, our minds tend to wander and daydream.
I am constantly impressed with the creative things my kids come up with during unstructured time. My oldest loves to design and sew. One of her favorite downtime activities is designing and making clothes for her dolls. My kids also love building forts. Sometimes in the house with sheets and chairs and sometimes outside with whatever materials they can find in the yard.
Let your kids have access to materials for creating and building, give them a little free unstructured time, and see what amazing creations they come up with!
Unstructured time encourages kids to be independent and self motivated. In a world where so much of our children's days are planned out and led by adults, it's important for kids to have time where they are in charge of what they do and how they do it.
Gives Parents A Break
As much as we all love our children and want to keep them happy, parents need down time too. We too need a break from the busyness of our schedules sometimes. Let your kids entertain themselves occasionally and take some time for something you enjoy!
What are your kiddos favorite activities when given unstructured time?
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