Let the Kids Play!

From which month actually a baby start kicking?? The answer is 5th Month… Must be wondering that why this question for this particular topic!!!  J  The 1st step towards sports or for any outdoor game starts from the womb of a mother for any child. It symbolizes that I want to run, jump and explore the world, though I belong to a tech-savy world. Let me go…

Sports does a magic for young stars. What, when, where and how it transforms a life of an individual is directly proportional to a specific game.You take any example: Cycling, helps in building mental stamina;horse riding, helps in taking risk and how to make strategy;chess, needs focus; then rugby needs a balanced body… You name a sport and it helps to develop a lot of things from a younger age. It is always easy to shape up a raw material than a readymade material. Sports are about those incredible moments where sheer human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the moments we remember and cherish!!!

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There was a program that used to be telecasted on Star plus named “Satyamave Jayate”, and there was an episode that focused upon sports. The episode showcased how sports change life of an individual from a younger age. The kids from slum, criminal or underprivileged backgrounds have seen a drastic change in their life after getting involved in Sports. These kids at present are very well known in their districts or cities or at national/international level games of their age group.

During childhood, sports is more than just winning medals. Although trophy is materialist but eventually it will decay with passage of time but memories associated are immortal till an individual is alive. At younger age, a child play sports to have fun but eventually it leads to immense potential transformation. It helps build character and break down barriers – of caste, religion and gender. Purpose of playing is enjoyment, physical development, a great past time, a healthy activity for kids. But at the same time teaches you the lesson of hard-work, focus, discipline, dedication, patience, team-work and what not.  At a younger age, it teaches you the best lessons of life that can be carry forwarded for lifetime. Sports helps in realization that one should not feel pride when you win and never feel dishearten when you lose. The kids who start playing at a younger age, face the challenges of life in a different way, their way of perceiving & foresee life is much different than their other age group people.

This has been illustrated by real-life examples of many children. Be it the sport of football or cricket or swimming, it holds the ability to grab a child’s attention and impart life lessons at the same time. India has many such stories. From Saktheshwari of the Slum Children Sports Talents Education Development Society, Chennai to Krishna, a swimmer from Gujarat; from Gaganjyot Singh of Rurka Kalan, Punjab to Prachi Meshram of Nagpur, the lives of some young people have been transformed by sports.

Generally, sport is regarded as a waste of time; from an early age children are constantly told by parents and teachers to concentrate on academics. But they don’t understand that it is about building team spirit, of learning to lose with grace and coming back to fight another day. It makes the child strong, independent and self-confident. In today’s scenario schools concentrate on that 1% of students who can win the medal for the schools but they don’t realize that many lessons of life a student learn from the ground. Sports should not be the part of education, this itself is an education.

This change is possible for all of our younger generation – we just need to get them out and play. Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential…

So let’s play!!!

WHY the WORLD’s BEST RESEARCHERS think: KIDS SHOULD PLAY SPORTS?

  1. Play builds confidence and imagination.

Through physical activity, children are given the chance to try new things, conquer their fears and build their confidence. It’s been proven that when a child is physically active and successful in their movements, they show higher levels of self-esteem and a great sense of accomplishment.

Every new exercise takes practice and ends in reward – whether it’s trying to do a somersault for the first time or climbing to the end of the monkey bars. Once they’ve done it (and their confidence spikes!), they are able to take on bigger, more challenging activities.

Benefits:

  • Builds self-confidence and a sense of achievement
  • Provides bonding and a sense of belonging
  • Improves academic performance
  • Teaches self-control, persistence, patience and self-discipline
  • Builds memory, teaches split-second decision-making and strategic thinking

 

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  1. Play develops key motor and athletic skills.

Kids will develop and grow without even realizing it! When they touch their toes, they learn about co-ordination, balance and spatial relationships. When they play with a ball, they strengthen their fine-motor skills. And when they dance, they learn about rhythm and move to the beat.

Being fit appears to create exponential benefits, too. “Fit children are more likely to participate in sports, dance, games, and other physical activities that improve muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, and body composition,” writes Pica, who adds that physical activity also helps kids get throughout the day without fatigue.

Benefits:

  • Develops balance, coordination, agility and flexibility
  • Improves general health and wellbeing
  • Improves physical fitness and stamina
  • Builds concentration, focus and memory. Children must learn to remember and apply rules, plays and strategies, even when they are excited

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  1. Play with others teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Children get to interact with each other in a social, non-competitive environment. It doesn’t matter if they win or lose – it’s about working together and trying their best.

For example, activities as simple as playing with a parachute in a gym setting are not as effective unless all children are participating. In order to create “waves” with the parachute – or the game “cat and mouse” – everyone needs to take part and own a specific role. In team sports such as soccer, children build off each other’s strength and successes and cheer each other on. They need to learn to work together to move across the field and score an awesome goal.

Benefits:

  • Teaches social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship by showing children how to be supportive, enjoy success, and accept disappointment
  • Teaches children to compete fairly, balancing competitiveness with teamwork and the need to respect the other side
  • Reduces boredom which can sometimes lead to anti-social behavior and activity
  1. Play can build strong bonds between parents and children.

When parents or caregivers demonstrate jumping jacks, show kids how to throw a bumpy ball, and or lead a boisterous sing-along with their kids, not only are kids learning crucial physical skills, they’re also clocking more quality time interacting with those adults. Parents, too, are more engaged in their children’s lives. When parents are actively playing with their child instead of simply observing, this really allows them to understand what their child loves most: Is it the sing-along, the soccer game, or the somersault? That’s important information.

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  1. Play makes kids happy.As many experts will tell you, play is like children’s work. Play allows children to socialize, develop, and learn new skills–while learning about themselves and others. They are able to develop a daily routine that doubles as the perfect start to a healthy, active lifestyle (all without even realizing it!)
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