Take a look at the games children (used to) play, and you may discover that it is through these games that children naturally develop various crucial skills and techniques. Try for example the simple game so many of us once played using soap bubbles.
A fun way to spend time, it is only when you look at skills developed that you realise what is truly lost when you replace this game with, not only technological advances like bubble apps but also bubble blowing machines and wands.
It is also a where you begin to realise the true cost of the neglect of play. So what skills are developed through this innocent childhood activity?
Bubble blowing provides a playful way for children, to become versed in various breathing techniques. It is a fun activity that naturally encourages the deep abdominal breathing that can improve circulation, boost ventilation and relieve anxiety and stress.
And we all know that the more air we breath in the bigger the bubble, right? Right
You can blow bubbles to learn how to breathe with pursed lips and to practise controlling your breathe as you exhale (so that you can create the bubble without exploding it).
Another game is to place a straw in a half-full glass of water, blowing softly through the straw and making as many bubbles as possible.
So as we go around giving up play time for homework and extra lessons, spare a thought for the lost opportunities not only for our children in discovering our world, ourselves and developing essential core skills and abilities, but also for us as parents who would through the wonder of parenting be rediscovering these things for and within ourselves.