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Our “Smarts” Make Play Time Even More Enjoyable

In the last three blogs, I’ve promoted old-fashioned play time and talk time for many beneficial reasons. This means most of us need to use technology less. I’d love to know if anything I wrote inspired you to play more or talk more. I hope so!

If you haven’t read them and would like to do so, here are the links:

Understanding how your children are smart can make playing together easier. For example:

  • Nature-smart children may prefer playing outside. Investigating things outside will also feel like play to them. Because they think with patterns, they may also enjoy games that have categories and matching tasks.
  • Body-smart children may prefer large-motor play and sports that involve their whole body. Those with small-motor body-smart skills will enjoy building with blocks, digging in the sand, and even coloring.
  • Self-smart children may play more successfully with others when you tap into their people-smart abilities. They still may be quieter than some kids. That’s okay. They will often be content playing alone. Their other smarts will determine which types of activities they enjoy.
  • People-smart children may prefer activities that encourage them to purposefully interact with others. Games like charades and being on a team for a scavenger hunt may appeal to them.
  • Logic-smart children may enjoy challenges and puzzles. Games that engage their mind in problem-solving activities may be their favorites.
  • Word-smart children may enjoy games that use words and that depend on memory for details (e.g., Scrabble, Apples to Apples). No matter what they’re doing, they’re going to want to talk about it.
  • Picture-smart children may enjoy creative pursuits. They may want to dress up for tea parties and pretend to be pirates overtaking your house. They will also enjoy art activities and games that are visually appealing. Because the smarts never work alone, other strengths will influence choices. (This is true for all 8 smarts.) For instance, some picture-smart children will want to paint and color. Others will want to create with clay.
  • Music-smart children may enjoy singing, dancing, and making noise together. They may prefer to have music on in the background no matter how you’re playing with them.

Each chapter in my book, 8 Great Smarts, ends with a list of games children can play to awaken and strengthen the smarts. You may want to check out the lists.

Play matters. Remembering all 8 smarts can help everyone have more fun. I hope that happens for you and your kids!

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Did you enjoy Diana Waring’s creative videos about the smarts that I shared here on my blog in January, February, and March? Did you miss some or have you wished you could conveniently watch them over and over again? We have great news. You can buy a DVD of the videos right here.

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