The Intellectual Advantages of Physical Play
While watching children having tons of fun playing with the equipment and materials at Romp n’ Roll, some mothers and fathers may worry their little ones should be spending more time learning important lessons and developing intellectual skills that will prepare them for success in school and in life. All those physical activities are nice, but are they really necessary?
Actually, they are not only necessary, they are critical for the children’s success in the future, as they constitute the most effective primer for problem solving. If it was possible to teach someone how to be successful, everyone would be successful. Abundant knowledge can help you formulate your goals and get you going toward those goals, but like everyone else, you inevitably will encounter unforeseen and unpredictable obstacles. At that point, you can give up and abandon your goals or you can figure out a way to get over, under, around, or through those obstacles.
In other words, when obstacles arise, successful people change their direction to reach their goal, not their decision to get there. No lesson is more valuable than this, and there are no more useful intellectual skills than those involved in problem-solving. And if you are watching the children closely as they pursue the fun, fascinating, free-form physical play activities at Romp n’ Roll, it is clear that this is exactly what they are learning.