By Tim Kowols
Letting your kids play with each other not only helps give you a few extra minutes but also assists in their development. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, playing is an important part of a child’s development by connecting different activities to learning. The recent donation of an outdoor mud kitchen to the Northern Door Children’s Center in Sister Bay by the Ellie Helm Foundation is just one example of a way kids can learn life skills while playing. Karen Corekin-DeLaMer of the Northern Door Children Center says their kids are learning much more than just how to cook a pretend meal or what fun things they can make out of sand.
According to BusinessWire, a Canadian apparel company found in a survey that only 30 percent of American children play freely outside every day and 20 percent only make it out the door once or less a week. Respondents blamed the weather and the increase of structured activities for the drop.