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Nov 07

The Benefits of Structured Play

Posted on November 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM by Christina Stuck

We have all heard how good it is for children to engage in open-ended play. There are no set rules and children are free to do whatever their little hearts lead them to do. But, I was stunned to learn that we should help our children in structured play. I only every heard how good it was for my child to play without parameters.

What does structured play look like? Well, it has rules and expectations. A lot of group and board games fall into this category. Here is one we did during story time. It includes a flannel chicken, fake feathers, and a song.

"Do You Have a Red Feather?"
(to the tune of "Do You Know the Muffin Man?")
Do you have a red feather, a red feather, a red feather?
If you have a red feather bring it up here now!
Idea comes from some source I forgot to write down!

Every child has a fake feather. When the feather's color is called, the child then brings it up to put into the rooster. This game not only helps to emphasize colors, but it also helps children learn to take turns, which is very important in life and needs to be practiced.