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April 17, 2011 Poll Results

Is playtime too structured for kids today?

No 12% 26 votes
Yes 87% 179 votes
Total: 205 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


April 18, 2011
5:52 a.m.

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The reality of today is yes.
In these times, in some neighborhoods, safety dictates structured play in an attempt to provide a secure play environment for children.
In some households, child's play is dictated more by Mommy's schedule, social circle and PC concerns rather than positive social and physical development.
Too bad the kids can't "go outside" and play anymore like we used to.

April 18, 2011
10:04 p.m.

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There's a difference between "secure play" and "structured play." A child having a safe area to play doesn't mean it has to be structured.

Structured play refers to every minute of playtime being devoted to a single goal - for example: block time, sandbox time, water area time, etc.

The opposite of this is "free play" or "creative play," in which children are encouraged to play in a manner they wish to play, not one dictated by a group of "experts" whose interaction with children is limited to observing them from behind plate glass windows.

airedale, what you refer to is overscheduling, which I agree with you is also bad. Also, the PC stuff is bad. Although, in the lay text, I can see how structured play could be defined as what you refer to as well, so I am in agreement with you. :)

I don't think, however, we can say that kids "can't" go outside and play anymore. It's more often that the either won't, because of all the techno-marvels that allow them to fall into a virtual world, or that, as you said, they are overscheduled. I know plenty of children who do still play outside just as I did as a child, so it's a matter of "will they go outside" over "can they go outside."

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