Take walking to school. It’s probably become a bit of a hurried routine that you hardly even think about. But what if you skipped all the way? Played a game of counting yellow cars? Or darted behind trees on the way there to avoid squirrel pirates? While your children are polishing up their physical and creative skills (and maybe a bit of basic maths, too), they simply experience it as having more fun – and you will too.
The best part is, there’s something in it for everyone
When children play it unlocks all their natural curiosity – setting them up to be lifelong learners. By making the everyday more playful, you’re giving them space to solve problems, think flexibly, and stretch their creative muscles. All absolutely essential skills for the adults they’ll all too soon become (eek!).
For you, there’s loads of family bonding – so you might find you’re a whole lot less stressed (and maybe learning a thing or two). And if you can make a game out of sweeping up dust bunnies or fitting all the groceries neatly in the cupboard, you’ll also have some cheerful little home helpers - which can only be a good thing!