We’ve written many times about all the benefits of outdoor play for children from both a mental, physical, development and social point of view. Let’s not forget the other major benefit to play- it’s so much FUN.
Let’s face it; there is plenty of time to be serious when you are an adult. Childhood should be full of happiness and fun!
Having a designated play area in the backyard of your home like a cubby house is so important because children can access it at any time for simple, unstructured play. They can run free with no plan or task or time limit. They’re able to laugh and move and do whatever they feel like doing.
Relaxation is also a key element to the simple fun of playtime in their cubby. Being able to sit at a table and draw or do crafts or sit on a comfy bean bag or a step and read is precious relaxation time.
As children get older it becomes a sanctuary for them to have some quiet times or to sit and chat for hours with their siblings, cousins or friends.
Simple, carefree play. That’s what childhood is made of.
Look at these happy kids playing in their cubby surrounded by trees and feeling like they don’t have a care in the world. They’re making happy childhood memories right there.
“MUM! Let’s play chasey.”“MUM! Jump on the trampoline with me!”“MUM! If you don’t play hide and seek, you can never have coffee again.”“MUM! I’ll pretend I’m a cat, and you pretend you’re mum.”Sometimes, I just don’t want to play. Scratch that, about 98% of the time, I don’t want to
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