“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a common question asked of children when they are young. Answers can vary from a teacher to a doctor to a firefighter to a superhero and so on. The list is never-ending! Children have such great imaginations and hopes for the future! At Blue Bird Day, we hope to provide each child with the tools they will need to be successful wherever their path may lead. This blog talks about the benefits of playground games and how learning these games help set your child up for future success in their growth and development.
Blue Bird Day incorporates playground games within the curriculum to help children learn important skills for being successful as they grow. Playground games including duck duck goose, ring around the rosy, red light/green light, hide and seek, and red rover are some examples. By engaging children in these games, the therapists at Blue Bird Day are helping set each child up with the important skills of peer interaction, direction following, and turn-taking. For each game to be successful, children must wait for their turn, listen and follow the directions, and interact with their peers. All the games mentioned incorporate peer interactions as a major component, whether it be holding hands, tapping a peer on the head, or hiding/seeking a peer out. Each game also has a set of directions the children must follow in order to play, as well as waiting patiently for their turn to be the goose during duck duck goose, to hide during hide and seek, or to run across the room during red rover.