Rough-and-tumble play can involve children climbing over one another, wrestling, rolling around, and even pretending to fight, according to Raising Children.
Rough-and-tumble play can look different at each stage of your child’s life. Babies usually enjoy being bounced on an adult’s knee, or lifted into the air. Toddlers enjoy spinning around or dancing and Preparatory School children enjoy playing chase or wrestling.
While rough play is fun for children, there are also many benefits of rough-and-tumble play. These include:
Children learn their limits
Children are able to push themselves to see what they are, or are not, capable of. They are also able to observe and test the capabilities of other children or adults.
Development of social relationships
Boys find out what is appropriate in a play situation and what other boys are not comfortable with. Rough play allows boys to build relationships in a social context, as they work to develop boundaries and roles.
Strengthened bonds with parents
Parents are also encouraged to participate in rough-and-tumble play with their boys as it is fun and can strengthen your bond with them. Research has found it is crucial for bond development between boys and their fathers.
Exercise and time in the outdoors
Rough-and-tumble play often occurs outside and it can be a great form of exercise for your son as it often involves a high level of movement and energy.
Children can occasionally be hurt through rough-and-tumble play, but it is usually not intentional and it is important that boys are allowed to play and test their limits. Set boundaries and rules so that children know what is permitted so that play fighting does not turn into real fighting.
In 2019, Christ Church Grammar School will open the doors to it’s Early Learning Community (ELC). Book a tour to discover the wonderful opportunities available for boys from three years old to participate in an age appropriate learning program specifically designed for boys.