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Maplewood Country Day Camp & Enrichment Center in Easton MA is a fun and exciting place for preschool to 9th grade kids. Their mission is to create a warm, welcoming, creative environment year ëround that makes everyone feel like family. With caring counselors and specialists, children are guided as they take on new challenges in every step of the way. For further information visit: 150 Foundry St. (Route 106) PO Box 88 (Mailing) South Easton, MA 02375 Email: info@maplewoodyearround.com Telephone: (508) 238-2387 FAX: (508) 238-1154 – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Importance of Play Among Children


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Importance of Play Among Children
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  • Plays importance is so great to youngsters that
    it has sometimes been called the work of
    childhood.

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  • Throughout history, kids have spent many happy
    and actually very productive hours at this
    seemingly insignificant pass time.

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  • Whether inventing imaginary scenarios with
    friends and siblings, taking pretend journeys
    with parents

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  • playing tag at summer day camp or racing free
    in the neighborhood, play allows kids to develop
    in an incredible variety of ways.

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  • Kids at day camp have an amazing opportunity to
    spend happy hours in the sunshine

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  • playing with friends while also giving their
    creativity, health and social skills a big boost.

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  • Kids Need Playtime

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  • Unfortunately, the amount of time kids spend at
    play every day has gone down drastically in the
    last 20 years

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  • both at school and at home, and the American
    Academy of Pediatrics has been studying the
    reasons and impact of this lack of time for free
    play.

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  • Even recess at school has been diminished with
    the constant push for more academic time.

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  • However, even for kids, a balance of work and
    play is best, allowing youngsters to grow up
    happier

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  • better adjusted and better able to weather the
    ups and downs of life.

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  • Imagination and Creativity

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  • Play opens the magical doors of imagination, and
    time spent creating make-believe worlds and
    scenarios are hours well spent.

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  • Toys like dolls, blocks and costumes light up
    kids imaginations and let them create universes

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  • of their own from make-believe families to
    fantasy lands and entire towns.

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  • While playing alone or with others in an
    imaginary scenario, kids also learn problem
    solving skills

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  • cooperation with peers and how to confront
    their fears within a world of their own creation.

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  • Youngsters who are encouraged to use their
    imagination are better able throughout their
    lives to think outside the box.

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  • Social Skills and Confidence

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  • Playing in a group, as kids do in neighborhoods,
    summer camps and playgrounds everywhere, lets
    kids develop a wide range of social skills

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  • allowing them to learn how to share, negotiate,
    resolve conflicts and advocate for themselves.

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  • When each player is assigned a role in a game,
    the group as a whole has to figure out who does
    what, whether its a round of hide-and-seek or a
    make-believe pirate voyage.

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  • When kids are pretending
  • to be doctors, firefighters, explorers,
    ballerinas
  • and archeologists

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  • they are trying on adult roles and having fun
    exploring and navigating the grown-up world as
    they see it.

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  • Physical Health

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  • Free play is obviously better for kids physical
    health than sitting glued to a screen.

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  • Running, climbing, skipping and chasing a ball
    keeps youngsters in great shape, improves
    coordination and is a super de-stressor.

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  • Games like tag, hop scotch, dodge ball and jump
    rope arent just fun, theyre setting the stage
    for a lifetime of enjoying exercise and healthy
    habits.

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  • Summer camps provide ideal opportunities for
    outdoor play on ropes courses, sport courts,
    beaches, lakefronts and woods.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • As a parent, you can help your child reach his or
    her potential and have fun along the way

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • by allowing them plenty of unscheduled time to
    be creative, de-stress and
  • just be silly.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • Kids lives dont have to be jam-packed with
    dance lessons, after-school sports and other
    rigidly scheduled activities a balance is best
    for everyone.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • Make sure theres plenty of time to run around
    outside and play rather than sit absorbed in
    front of a television or computer screen.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • This is particularly problematic for working
    parents in the summertime when supervision
    becomes a problem

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • which is a big reason so many moms and dads
    choose the supervised outdoor fun of summer day
    camp

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WHAT YOU CAN DO?
  • for their youngsters when the long hot days of
    July and August roll around.

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Let your kids enjoy the experience of summer day
camp at Maplewood Summer Day Camp.
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Experienced staff will keep your child both safe
and busy with arts and crafts, games, water
sports, gymnastics and more.
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Experienced staff will keep your child both safe
and busy with arts and crafts, games, water
sports, gymnastics and more.
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Visit the site at www.maplewoodyearround.com to
see the fun your child will have at Maplewood Day
Camp!
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MAPLEWOOD COUNTRY DAY CAMP AND ENRICHMENT CENTER
  • 150 Foundry St. (Route 106)
  • PO Box 88 (Mailing)
  • South Easton, MA 02375
  • Email info_at_maplewoodyearround.com
  • Telephone (508) 238-2387
  • FAX (508) 238-1154
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