As per the current time table, the Vividers at Diversity already follow quite an engaging structured day until 5:15 pm everyday (including their 3 meals and sleeping timings under supervision and playschool activities). For our Vividers, we have deliberately kept 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm slot as a free non-structured play when they can play on their own and have free choices to do things like having fun in the playground, with Lego, mud, sand, toys or any other games of their liking under an adult supervision. We strongly believe that keeping the children in a structured slot will turn out to be overwhelming and less enjoying for them.
Both structured and unstructured playtime are important for children’s well being and growth. A healthy and balanced play diet will have an equal focus on helping a child develop logical and creative thinking skills. A new study suggests that children may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structured activities.
"The more time children had in less structured activities, the more self-directed they were and, also, the reverse was true: The more time they spent in structured activities, the less able they were to use executive functions (planning, problem-solving, making decisions and regulating thoughts and actions)," said Yuko Munakata, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Benefits of Unstructured Play: Through unstructured play – both solo and with friends – children develop and reinforce a number of life skills including:
Creative thinking: Thinking outside the box to solve problems. Creative thinking helps children excel in the classroom, their careers and their hobbies.
Conflict resolution: Sharing and fair treatment of playmates. Conflict resolution teaches children ethics, relationships and about treating people fairly.
Decision making: Who does what, helps who or takes the lead? Decision making helps people take action and is key to strong leadership.
Problem-solving: Problems are an everyday part of life. Problem-solving helps children overcome everyday challenges and builds resilience.
Negotiation: Swapping, agreeing rules and responsibilities. Negotiation will help children learn about compromise and how to agree a solution.
Resilience: Things don’t always work out the way we hope. Resilience teaches kids about life’s ups and downs and the importance of perseverance.
Teamwork: Playing with friends or siblings. Teamwork is an essential skill in play, family life, the classroom, workplace and in society!