Terry’s Time – Fun is a serious business July 23, 2017 More and more research is telling us that playtime is an important link in our children’s development. Playtime is a serious business because it helps kids learn to problem solve, get along with others and work on their language skills. Research is also showing that more and more children are missing play time. The American Academy of Pediatrics even wrote a report explaining the need for play in 2016: Healthy development—it’s through play that children learn to explore their environment, negotiate, share, use their imaginations Physical health—play gives children much-needed opportunities for exercise Mental health—children, like adults, need the downtime play gives Academic success—children learn better when there is time for play in their school day Bonding with their parents and caregivers—play gives opportunities to build stronger, more nurturing relationships. https://thriving.childrenshospital.org/the-power-of-play-unstructured-fun-vs-organized-activities/ In our goal-oriented society, winning is often the only aspect we look at. This kind of culture can be disheartening and trying to children who need to experiment and work on learning new skills and activities. Winning should not be as important as the fact that they enjoyed the activity and had fun doing so. Camp Marimeta provides a safe place for all of this kind of play. We offer structure activities as well as CQT (Cabin Quality Time). There are also many opportunities throughout the day for unstructured play. This is when we see all of these skills being used and developed.