The benefit of playing with your kids and how a Cubby House can help
Let’s face it, as parents we are all busy juggling everything that life throws at us and half the time we don’t know whether we’re coming or going. But there is one thing that is incredibly important and that is playing with your kids.
If we’re fully engaged with our kids, by playing with them and spending quality time with them, this will help them to build confidence and work that grey matter! These activities help you to really and truly bond with your child and get to fully understand these little people that we call our kids, and what a blessing that is.
Each and every child is different, with different levels of emotional and mental development, different skills and different passions. Playing with them is the perfect opportunity to understand them and bond with them. But how can a Cubby Houses help?
One of the most important factors when playing with your child is to get down to their level, in their own space and let them direct the play…and you just need to go along with it. A Cubby House is a child’s special place, a place to call their own, and when engaging you’re your child in their territory so to speak, makes the bonding process even more powerful.
It’s important to remember that you need to make this time unstructured with no distractions (leave that Mobile phone in the house!) and let them decide on the activities that they want to do…let them be the boss for a while, let them control, let them decide what’s going to happen and what play activity is on the cards. You are the observer and the playmate. You can direct when needed, but in a creative way.
Get out to the Cubby House, and read one day, play a board game the next, exercise with them on another day; in other word turn into a big kid, chase them round the cubby house, throwing ball, or play hide and seek. You could even have a picnic or a tea party with the dolls, do crafts together or play with their favorite toy, create a garden together, or if you’ve got a cubby house with a sandpit, get in there and excavate with them! Perhaps even have a sleep out in your cubby house. The possibilities for play in a cubby house are endless and you’ll be amazed at how good you feel; you might even decide to move in there yourself.
One thing kids love is playing with their parents, and it will get them away from those screens…have you ever seen the delight on a child’s face when you get silly and play with them? Well they love it, and as we said it’s perfect for making that bond. A cubby house will build family togetherness.