Children always tend to choose free playtime than an organised play time. The organized sports do indeed have so many advantages, but if , get a choice between a karate class and free play time, children would choose free play for sure they do not need the instructor’s permission to punch someone really hard. But why children love my free play, because they believe this is ‘the time’ of their childhood where they create a lot of memories.
This is also the time which helps to acquire those skills which may not be acquired through books and the sports coaching classes only if they are attended or read. Free play teaches when to be dominant or submissive, to be the bully or be calm. It also teaches to be a good team member, to stand by his / her friend even when she or he is wrong and to express the opinions loud and clear. It gives a good opportunity to create own games with own rules and regulations and innovations differently.
However, without proper guidance, coaching or supervision, even free play may become in vain to achieve the actual objective of playing. It may be an organized sport or free play, children must make it a point to learn a value, a life lesson or techniques of a game or a sport.
Delhi Public School, Nacharam
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