Study Versus Play Area: Why Your Child Should Have Both
“Home” is where it all begins for every child. It’s where the heart is, as one quote so infamously states. A place where love, care, and nurturing take place between parents and their children. And when it comes to child development, it’s where they naturally become acquainted with concepts that are centered around physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and motor skills. Call it the primary setting for “growth”.
Hence, arming your home with the right tools to support a child’s growth is essential. That’s why in this blog, we’ll be zeroing in on the two rooms in your home that will play significant roles in your child’s development: the Study Area and the Play Area.
Importance of a Study Area
Children have relatively short attention spans - a fact we’ve mentioned in our blog about creating a study area (link). So providing them with an ideal place for study may encourage them to learn with a positive mindset and focus more easily. It may also lessen learning-related anxiety.
Studies reveal that this timeframe can be computed simply by multiplying your child’s age by 2 or 3. For example, if a child is 6 years old, he or she may have an attention span of approximately 12 (6 yrs x 2) to 18 (6 yrs x 3) minutes. When you tie this together with their study time, which will frequently require more than a few minutes in a day, you’ll find that the numbers won’t seem to add up.
However, a good study area could change all of this. By creating a safe and serene zone for studying, your kids can be motivated and less anxious about studying in general, which may result in concentration for long periods. For starters, they’ll be physically at ease when they’re supported by an ergonomic children’s desk chair and table. They’ll be more attentive and energetic when surrounded by ample lighting and inspiring decor, too.
These may then lead to self-motivation—- a key element in building good study habits on their own and according to their individual levels of understanding. Looking at it in the long-term, it’s an important characteristic that they can develop even into adulthood.
Importance of a Play Area
What about “play”? Is a “play area” somehow inferior to a “study area”? Not at all! It’s a place in the home that serves as another safe environment for children to just be… children. The United Nations stated that “playtime” is every child’s right, while UNICEF stressed how beneficial it is to child development. Kids instinctively play as a major catalyst for growth. For these reasons, having a dedicated play area may boost said catalyst towards creating a healthy childhood.
Experts in child development have noted that there are numerous benefits to “free play”, too. When kids are provided with the room to choose their own materials, manner, time, and even the plot for play, their physical, emotional, and cognitive mechanisms are sharpened and later on, enhanced.
Much like what we’ve mentioned about letting your kid be imaginative in decorating his or her study corner, the same can be applied to the play area. Have your little darling take the reins in beautifying it according to their budding creativity while you offer your support and assistance in the background.
One of Either or Both?
Should your home, therefore, have a Study Area or a Play Area? The short answer: it should have both but this doesn’t have to mean doing a major overhaul in your home’s interior. Just assigning specific corners and/or rooms to be dedicated for study and for play would very much work. Once that’s done, decorate and supplement it with elements that could boost their focus whether it be during studying or free play.
As a final note, let your child understand that each region is meant to be used solely for what they’re for. Play should be reserved for the play corner and study, for the study corner. Being able to distinguish them from one another will help correctly shape their views about study and play.
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Moms and dads, it’s true that a play corner is a whole lot easier to set up than a study corner but we’re here to make the latter less of a challenge for you! You can start by checking out our internationally-evaluated ergonomic and supportive desk chair and tables by clicking here to get redirected to our furniture collections for a study area that’s well equipped for your child.