I’m a parent of two teenagers – one in college and the other in high school. I think my kids are growing into wonderful young adults, but I do miss their childhood years. Our on still has LEGOS and I tell him all the time to please play with them just so I can enjoy a glimpse into his childhood again. Thankfully he still gets a little twinkle in his eyes when I buy him Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars that I think he’d like (he collects them rather than play with them).
My husband and I are big kids at heart. We love to go to Toys “R” Us to check out the new toys and the classic toys we grew up with. I think we embarrass our kids when we go because my husband and I like to press button and see how things work. LOL!
I currently work with children. I enjoy doing crafts with them, playing board games and watching them simply being kids.
Sadly, for many children across the country, being a regular kid simply isn’t possible, most especially impoverished children.
Did you know that 15.5 Million U.S. Children Live in Poverty; Many Lack Playtime in Their Daily Lives. That is so sad!
Only 10 minutes of play can improve a child’s performance and enhance the progress of early development by 34%.
Children living in poverty often don’t have the resources for play. When it comes to putting food on the table or paying the electric bill a parent will have to opt for that instead of purchasing toys for their children. That breaks my heart. All children should have the ability to play and enjoy being a kid.
People think that play is just a way of entertaining yourself and having fun. While that is true, there are actually benefits to play time.
Play benefits include:
- Cognitive development – creativity, abstract thinking, problem solving and mastering new concepts.
- Personal development – self esteem, confidence and reducing anxiety.
- Physical development – fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self help skills.
- Language development – vocabulary, communication skills, story telling.
- Social development – cooperation, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership.
There are just SOME of the benefits of play. Play is a critical factor in a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development needed for future growth.
Please take a moment to watch this brief video on the importance of play for children as young as babies and on up.
Toys “R” Us has partnered with Save the Children (a nonprofit committed to ensuring all U.S. children have a healthy start) on the Play With Purpose fundraising and awareness campaign. Their mission is to provide children in impoverished regions of the country with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives.
From today (February 17, 2016) until April 17, 2016, customers can make cash donations at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us store, or online at Toysrus.com/PlayWithPurpose. Donations will support Save the Children’s early childhood development programs, which help children in some of America’s most underprivileged areas thrive.
Please consider sharing the above video on social media to help spread the word about this campaign. If you do share on social media it would be great if you could tag @ToysRUs and use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose. Here is the URL link you can use – https://youtu.be/-hT3aVCOEaY.
I’s also love to encourage readers to share information about this important campaign on social media (with or without the video). On Facebook and Twitter please tag @ToysRUs and @SavetheChildren as well as use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose.
Not only is play good for children, I also think it’s a wonderful way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to bond with a child, as well as create special memories together. Some of my favorite memories with my kids are playing with our Fisher Price Little People sets together, hosting a picnic on the bedroom floor, tea parties, driving cars around the living room and playing board games. My kids recall those times as well.
I hope you are inspired to help out by donating to this wonderful campaign and/or sharing information about it on social media (don’t forget to tag and use the hashtag #PlayWithPurpose), as well as share information about it with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
To find a Toys “R” Us near you visit ToysRUs.com. To find a Babies “R” Us near you visit BabiesRUs.com. In addition, please check out Toys “R” Us’s social media “blasts” about this important campaign – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. PLEASE consider “liking”, sharing and re-tweeting them to help spread the word.
Does your child/grandchild have the opportunity to play every day?
What are YOUR favorite childhood memories involving playtime?
Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I have partnered with Toys “R” Us to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.