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Promoting Traditional Playground Games

Do you remember back in the day when your Mum or Dad told you to “go and amuse yourself”.

What did you do?

In my case we’re talking the 1970’s, where the most high tech thing I owned was an Action Man which, when you pulled the string out from his back,  would kind of talk back to you. What I would do was get hold of a friend and go out into the big wide world and, well, amuse myself by exploring, climbing, kicking a ball around…

…simple, fun stuff, that was free.

Let’s fast forward to 2013. An era of video games so realistic that, they can even sense your movement, football games that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing, 3D television displays that mesmerise you and books that aren’t books but “tablets”.

Sounds incredible doesn’t it…

…but let’s look a little deeper.

Upon closer examination you begin to realise that these technological breakthroughs are slowly turning our children into sedentary beings that has “entertainment” on tap while they just sit around. We, and children in particular, are slowly losing the desire to “amuse ourselves” by being active, inquisitive and inventive.

But it doesn’t have to be that way…

Think back to those games you played as a child, while some may seem antiquated, some have actually survived to this day! And here’s the thing…

Kid’s love playing them!

At Monkey Puzzle we always promote traditional games, alongside educational technology, but we strive to get a balance so that, as the children develop, they appreciate both forms of entertainment.

So with the above in mind here’s a great blog post listing 10 classic childhood games to teach your kids…

Let the fun begin!

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