11:20-Onechild was picked from a group of children on the mall’s playgroundwho was to tag the rest.
11:22-Afterthe appointment, the other kids made efforts to run away from him sothat they would not get tagged.
11:24-Theboy tagged one girl whom she put an eye on so that no one would cometo unfreeze her.
11:26-Withan eye on her, he chased and also tagged one boy as he could not runfaster than him. Due to his swiftness, he also got to tag anothergirl in the team.
11:27-Aswifter boy, however, came to their rescue but only unfroze the boyand one girl who ran away.
11:27-Thecycle begun again and from the look on his face the boy tagging hisfriends got disappointed from the loss.
11:30-Theyplayed the second round, but the tagged girl still stood to wait forher unfreezing. Unfortunately, the boy who had been frozen in thefirst round was again tagged hence got charged with to tagging theother team members.
Generalnote-taking11:30-11:50-Theshopping mall environment is congested with similar store brands withstrong promotional campaigns. The playground with the kids playinghas recreational equipment like merry-go-rounds, see-saw, jungle gym,playhouses, and mazes. There are many shoppers within the mall forleisure and relaxation in the restaurants. The grass, trees, flowers,and the water fountains are very appealing to the eye. Theenvironment is calm with an air of relaxation.
11:50-12:10-Thereare various interactions in the mall as many suburban kids stream into meet and make new friends. They play video games, wonder indifferent shops, and show off their makeup and hairstyles. Familiesand friends meet with each other to have a chat and break from theirmonotonous lives. The interaction enables the children to meet theirfriends and cousins hence makes them happier.
Childrenin the United States need to play for them to grow well. They shouldbe given chances to interact with their friends in serene playgroundswhere they can play uninterrupted. Playing should help children havefun and not merely to win. From my observation of the childrenplaying at the shopping mall, it is evident that children likeplaying with their friends and can easily interact with their agemates. A healthy environment enhances the ability of children tointeract and play together.
Theobservation takes place in a shopping mall where children have beenbrought to play by their parents in the playground section. There areboth boys and girls in the setting. They are aged between five to tenyears and are happy to play with their friends. The generalenvironment they play from is busy with many businesses taking place.However, the playground where the children are playing is cool andmore relaxed. Grasses, water fountains, and beautiful flowerssurround the setting which makes it more appealing. There isequipment like the seesaw and merry-go-rounds. The children interactfrom the time they get to choose the one to tag them and when theystarted to play. They also help unfreeze the tagged teammates, finishthe first round of the game and embark on the second one. All this isdone by interacting with each other.
Aconcept learnt from class is that children in the five to ten yearsage bracket have a liking for movements. They like testing theirphysical limits hence develop more complex moving skills like runningin a zig-zag manner. In the observation, children move in a way tochallenge the one charged with tagging them. They maneuver their wayand get away without being tagged. It, therefore, implies that thesechildren in the event of playing with their friends get to grow as isrequired for their developmental stage.
Analysisof observation with class discussions
Youngchildren always process information concerning the world. It isachieved by playing and interacting with others as seen in theobservation where the children play with their friends tag andfreeze. Such experiences help develop their understanding abilitiesin languages, science, math, and art which are part of theircognitive development(Lippman 76). Social developmententails the capacity to communicate, make friends, and shareespecially in the first years of their lives. The observation helpsthe children develop the ability to communicate on how to conduct thegame and its rules. They also develop socially because they can makenew friends and catch up with the old ones.
Emotionaldevelopment for positive self-confidence and esteem does start in achild’s early life. It is developed when children get the abilityto express and manage their emotions like sadness, anger, fear, andhappiness(Lippman 78). Through thisobservation, the children can express happiness when theysuccessfully unfreeze their friends. The child charged with taggingthe others became sad and angered when the tagged friend is unfrozen.
Inconclusion, the play area observation has helped identify practicallythe need for playing. It enables the parent to identify if theirchild is doing what is required of their age groups. They need toplay so that they can grow and develop through the variousinteractions with age mates. Playing helps a child developphysically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally hence become thedesired mature person in society.
Lippman,Laura. FlourishingChildren.2013. Print.