Backyard Games are Back
After all these years, the classic backyard games are still an important part of healthy development for children. It's not only the fresh air but the ability to play freely, to negotiate rules, and to work with their peers that makes these types of games so important. Here's a few other reasons to inspire your kids to get out and play.
No Technology Required
Although technology plays a factor in almost everything we do and enhances our lives from workouts to education, children should not use technology as their only form of entertainment. Getting outside to play offers kids a chance to step away from the screen and use their imagination.
A Cost-Free Solution
Being active is essential to living a healthier life. Children should have 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Project Play’s mission is to reintroduce the simple natural exercise that traditional outdoor games provide. No high-level equipment or monthly fees needed, just some creativity and fun.
Healthy Social Engagement
Classic backyard games are creative play and let every neighborhood group create their own version. With healthy competition sprinkled in, this free play helps children step out and work together. Backyard games help develop friendships through working together.
“Kids don't always have time to just play,” said Marlene Byrne, author of Project Play books, stories that teach children the rules of nostalgic backyard games. “By getting the neighborhood kids together for backyard games like kick the can, treasure hunt and ghost in the graveyard, children learn to negotiate, work together and have fun while getting healthy.”
Next time you have a neighborhood or family party, get the off their seat and on their feet.