What did you do when you were young and school was over for the day or the year?
We had one tiny Television in our home and it probably got 3 – 4 channels. We only watched it on the weekends There were no computers. We had a bicycle, a swing set and a few toys.
Til I was 8, I lived in a neighborhood where all of the kids played together, boys, girls, and all ages. We played hide and seek, red rover, tag, freeze tag, we played for hours on end. Sometimes we would break down into just a couple of kids and we played house, dress up, school and work.
We explored creeks, we colored, we laid on the grass and looked at the clouds and saw the shapes. We met the ice cream truck and got bomb pops and made our lips turn blue or red.
After moving at 8 years old, there was no one to play with but myself. I loved Barbies…I had Midge, Ken and maybe some guy that was Midge’s boyfriend, oh and there was Barbie’s little sister, Skipper. I built them homes and patios out of shoe boxes. My mom made my Barbie clothes from the scraps of her and my clothes that she had sewn.
I also spent hours playing with big dolls, playing house, and I had a cardboard kitchen set in pink. I put it inside refrigerator and washer and dryer boxes to make my own house.
We used sheets to make forts and spent the night in there.
Summer seemed to go on forever. We played from the time we got up until the time it was dark and we were called in. There were no soccer games, baseball, gymnastics or dance. We did all of it, but just on our own with whoever was home.
Do you remember your favorite toy as a child? I have a couple but they were both dolls. I had what was considered a life size doll named Connie. She had dishwater blonde hair as they called it back then and she actually fit into some of my old clothes. She stood on two feet and had long hair that I could comb and fix. The other was my Kissy Doll. She wore a white and red gingham dress and you pulled her arms together and she would move her lips to kiss you!
Children at Play Today
I can’t tell you the last time I saw a child outdoors where we live. The playgrounds are empty.
Children younger than 2 are using cell phones for entertainment and i-pads. I just learned in researching this that a child should not even watch TV until after they are 2 years old! Sorry mom and dad :(. I understand that recess was being taken out of school, as well as art, music and other creative outlets. Yet, there is concern brewing about the lack of unstructured play and how crucial it is and school after school is bringing recess back!
We had no idea back in those early days how important what we were doing was. Play time is crucial in the development of a child. Creativity is not taught. It takes imagination, make believe and pretending to stir it up. Problem solving during play teaches social and emotional skills.
- This article by pediatricians outlines in detail the importance of free play in children and the effects of having less and less of it in those raised with structured play and limited free play.
- The National Literacy Trust of the UK lists their Top Ten Reasons that Play is Important to children in this 2017 article.
- This article from Montana State University Extension describes the 6 Types of Play and their importance in Child Development.
- The Baby Center writes about Baby and Toddler play, going through the different toys needed through each stage of development.
- The Child Development Institute echoes Maria Montessori “Play is the Work of the Child” and talks about how important play is and how the toys we offer our children now, rob them of the experience of learning in this article.
No Unstructured Play Available
What I remember when my children were in school was the social pressure to have them join everything. Scouts, Gymnastics, Soccer and Baseball and for my daughter Dance. They went from school to an after school activity and then had homework…I mean when are they even supposed to play? They barely get enough sleep because of the demands on their time as it is. Every weekend was then filled with either practice or games or both!
I took mine away from most of it for several years when I decided to homeschool them. My oldest two were in a gifted and talented program that was offered through our school district on a separate campus and they allowed my children to continue while they were homeschooled and even afterwards when we put them in the church school. That gifted program was fantastic. I was always amazed at what my kids were capable of. They were just given an assignment and had a quarter of the year to work on it with a group. It was play at its best!
So why Debbie, a former decorator, now blogger on decor, faith, celebrations, and blogging are you talking about PLAY?!
Well, because as a brand new Grandmother, these things are once again very important to me. I love that little baby and want the very best for him just as I did for my own children. So…
I just rejoined Discovery Toys as an Educational Consultant, after 30 years!
Why? I don’t need the income, but who doesn’t want extra for vacations or luxury items?
I have been purchasing toys for my little one and I kept remembering the toys I used to sell and have in my own home for my children. Discovery Toys. They were educational, really fun for the kids and they had a lifetime guarantee! I didn’t join back then because I knew anything about them. I joined because I wanted to earn a little money as a stay at home mom and have these great toys for my own kids.
I decided to see if Discovery Toys was still around. Yes! Before I even thought about it, I signed up and purchased my consultant kit and booked a party with my daughter. My kids still remember their favorite toys from 20 plus years ago. Marbleworks
5 Reasons I Decided to Play for a Living
1. I joined because I believe in the product. Each toy has multiple functions and is made to engage your child for up to three years. I want to make a difference in the success of a child’s development by sharing the research on play and the award winning toys I get to share through Discovery Toys.
2. I joined because I am excited to have these toys for my grandchildren to grow up with. I look forward to watching them play and learn with them. I know first hand how special these toys are and want to nurture his imagination, creativity, role playing and so much more.
3. I joined because I love having my own business and as a full time blogger, I know lots of families who would love to have these educational toys for the family if they knew about them or where to get them. You don’t have to have a party, you can buy direct now from my website!
4. I joined because I would love to have a team of consultants that I get to work with to build their businesses. I love to help others learn something I have learned. It is just a part of who I am. To have a team become successful will be a great reward to me.
If you want to join my team just let me know! I would be thrilled to get you started on your way to sharing educational toys with your family and others and building your own business.
5. I joined because a trip to Costa Rica for FREE for me and my husband sounds like a Dream Vacation and I would love to earn it and treat him, along with the income that could help us as we move towards retirement. Have you been there ?
So that is why this blogger that is passionate about decor, blogging, celebrating and faith is now talking to you about toys!
Thanks so much for reading and truly I invite you to look through the toys and see if there is something that would serve as the perfect gift for your own children or someone else. You can also have a Facebook Party as well if you wish to host and get some free toys.