TRADITIONAL PLAYTHE TAG GAMEPrepeared byDayangHasanahFaizatun
Importance to the PHYSICALdevelopment Gross muscles and bones gain strength withuse and children gradually developcoordination. Unlike a child who spends most of his or hertime sitting at home and playing video games,a child who runs in this game of tag forexample, are better coordinated. How is this so? In the game of tag, children tobe tagged will be running all around the place,left and right, back and forth.
The person who tags, will have to move to theleft, to the right, or back and forth, depending onthe directions to where his or her friends run. Running burns fat and calories and children willless likely to become overweight. (physically fit) Development in locomotor movement (running) A strengthening of the entire cardiovascularsystem, including the heart and lungs. The heartdevelops a higher “pump-activity” while thechild’sheart and lungs are strengthened,supporting the prevention of heartdisease.
Importance to the SOCIOEMOTIONAL development When children are required to untag their friendsin this game of tag, they will gradually developteamwork skills. Each time one of their friends get tagged, they willhave to save him or her by undoing the tag. This game requires everybody to be activeparticipants because everybody will have to run,or else, he or she will be tagged. This helps todevelop the sense of belonging to the groupbecause no one will be left behind to wait for theirturns, which most likely will get them bored.
This game of tag is not just for the enjoymentelement, it also helps children to become verysocial, and more cooperative! Child starts tobecome aware of the fact that their actions haveconsequences. If they do not run, they will be tagged, and if theydo not help each other in creating strategies, moreand more of them will be tagged, which means thatthere will be less of them to untag the tagged,resulting in harder work. In the course of playing with children who doesn’treally know each other, this game will help them tointeract verbally as they call out names to helpuntag them. Finally, everyone will know everybody’s names.
Importance to INTELLECTUALdevelopment Develop children’s thinking skills as this gameencourage children to think critically on strategiesto not get tagged. Children to be tagged might separate themselveswhile running, run in different directions to confusethe one who tags. While others run and distract the one who tags,the others can untag their friends. Although thisgame seems to let children running in alldirections and not organized, when children haveto decide on strategies learning through the funway will be more productive and meaningful.
The one who tags will also have to think ofhow to make himself run less, while at thesame time still be able to tag. He might want to target the slowest runner. Cooperation among children develop thinkingskills in the sense of them sharing ideas andexchanging thoughts.
Studies show that children who exerciseregularly (in the form of play) experiencelonger, deeper, more restful sleep. Better sleep results in more energy andalertness the following day, allowing betterconcentration and ability to think on higherlevels. (important when it comes to theschooling period)