Sample Reflection Paper on Childhood Games
When I was growing up, I watched with admiration as my elder brothers and sisters played in the neighborhood. By then, I was too young to play with them or my friends. I would cheer them as they engaged their friends in cycling competition. At that age, my ambition was to grow up as soon as possible to participate in those games. Later on, I grew up to be a competitor in such activities. I remember winning thrice consecutively since I was very passionate about this play. Everybody embraced and told me that I was the unbeaten champion. These words were so encouraging that from then on I would wait for weekends to play again.
Considering such experiences, I learned that play brought some kind of togetherness among friends and siblings. It is because everyone enjoyed every bit of it with laughter and praises. I believe play is important for children’s development. Firstly, it provides a form of entertainment which also facilitates learning. Children acquire much of their knowledge, not from grown-ups but from other children – but mostly while playing. Games involving singing are especially important in language learning among children. Playing provides physical exercise which is needed for body development and for keeping fit. I believe that riding bicycles helped me develop muscles and to shed extra weight. Thirdly, play is important for brain development. It is because it provides distraction and relieves one from stress related issues. Children do not think of anything while playing. While riding, I only thought of the fun I was having. Additionally, games are a platform for interpersonal interaction considering the fact that we played irrespective of our social status or backgrounds.