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Harnessing Creative Play in How Families Are Raising Happy Kids

Harnessing Creative Play in How Families Are Raising Happy Kids

LILONGWE – APRIL 15, 2024—To raise awareness about the roles creativity and innovation play in human development, the United Nations designated April 21 as World Creativity and Innovation Day.

As the day draws near, many families are considering ways to infuse creativity into their daily lives.
When Chikondi Chataika realized his 6-year-old child was becoming increasingly addicted to “screen time,” he realized it was time to make some changes at home.

“I have such fond childhood memories of spending hours playing outside and using my imagination,” said Chataika. “I want my child to experience the same, but cell phones and the television can make that difficult.”

Chataika says that an article that has helped him rethink his family’s entertainment choices and activities is “The Benefits of Creative Play” published by the church.

“The Bible-based article outlines how imaginative play can benefit children and practical ways parents can encourage creativity in their home,” said Gift Thakwalakwa, spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

For example, parents can provide opportunities for creative play by allowing their children to spend time outdoors in nature.

Passive entertainment choices, such as a phone, tablet, or TV, should be limited for children. In fact, doctors recommend that children under two should have no screen use and children between ages two and five should have a one-hour maximum of daily screen use.

In addition, parents should carefully determine if too many extracurricular activities are depriving their children of free playtime and causing stress.

The article "The Benefits of Creative Play” which features practical Bible-based content for families in more than 1,084 languages.

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Last modified on Thursday, 25/04/2024

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