Old-school games may boost self-esteem in children

  • Fitness
  • Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013

Old-fashioned playground games, such as hopscotch and hide-and-seek, may help boost a child’s self-esteem, a psychologist claims.

ONE way children can boost their self-esteem is by playing a good old-fashioned game of hopscotch or hide-and-seek, a psychologist has said.

“Youngsters who are active and having fun are more likely to develop a positive outlook on physical activity,” Dr Linda Papadopoulos said at the launch of the Make Time 2 Play campaign, organised by the British Toy & Hobby Association, the Daily Mail reports.

She said that playing old-school outdoor games such as tag and hopscotch can help give children confidence in their bodies, while reducing anxieties about the way they look.

Papadopoulos cited recent studies that found that a quarter of seven-year-old girls have tried to lose weight at least once and that one third of young boys between eight and 12 years old are dieting to lose weight, the report said.

“For those that shy away from sport there are lots of other activities that can get children active without engaging in traditional team sports,” she said. “Building a den, going on a nature trail or treasure hunt or even just playing tag can be great starter activities to get children active. The key thing is to keep it fun.” – AFP Relaxnews

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