Can Playing Prepare your Child to Face Life’s Challenges?

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Your child’s body doesn’t know the difference between playing and exercising. But their mind sure knows when they are having fun. We adults call it working out, while our children call it playing.

Ever felt like your kid is whiling away precious time while indulging in fun and games? Well, that’s okay, it sometimes worries the best of us!

Which is why, like me, a lot of us consciously or unconsciously, infringe on our children’s playtime by enrolling them into mentally taxing tuitions.

 

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But, what if I told you that the time ‘squandered away’ in playing, could teach your child more than what Kumar Sir could in 100 hours of his class?

Well, here’s my argument to how children learn life’s most important lesson through playing:

1. EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE.

Has your kid ever hidden her bruises from you? This is probably because she loves going out in the park more than sitting at home but also knows you, who wish the best for her, will ask her to stay back.

By taking responsibility for her actions, your child understands the VALUE IN PAIN and that EVERY ACTION HAS A CONSEQUENCE.

2. NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE

Ever consoled your injured son, only to have him desert you and get back to playing at the blink of an eye, as if he never got hurt?

Well, it is no news that your kid loves to play and some words of encouragement from you is exactly what he needs to get back on the field and instill a NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE.

Playing for kids

 

Maybe a few times over they would understand that the bruises would come and go but THEY’D KEEP GETTING STRONGER.

3. OVERCOMING FEARS

At a very young age, my daughter developed a fear of swings. But it took a great deal of communication, choosing the right words, and going on swings myself, to lure her into getting onto swings.

Initially, I would have her sit on my lap until one day she went on it by herself. And then never stopped!

 

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If you ever find yourself in this spot, you could subtly help your child learn that running away from what scares you is never the solution. It is FACING YOUR FEARS, that can expand your horizons.

4. DEDICATION BEATS MOTIVATION

Ask any professional athlete what makes them great and they will tell you that, it is showing up on the days when they don’t want to, is what made them exceptional.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY to learning and growing in life. And what can teach this better than the discipline that your child learns from just any sport she chooses to play! Yes, even chess!

5. AND EVERYTHING ELSE

From inculcating healthy habits and instilling qualities like PERSISTENCE, RESILIENCE, to DEVELOPING REFLEXES; Playing a sport can teach your child just about everything and holistically develop them.

Whether they play solo or in teams, at the end of the day, they LEARN TO HANDLE BOTH SUCCESS & FAILURE.

The hobbies your child chooses today have the potential to become her/his strengths tomorrow.

My advice to you: Instead of encroaching on your child’s playing hours, next time, join your kid and play along! I’m sure you’re never too old to rekindle the inner child in you. And yes, it’ll improve the bond between your kid and yourself!

A Family that plays together, stays together! ThinkTac

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The Science Behind Transpiration: Do plants sweat?

Transpiration in plants

Transpiration in Plants

Transpiration is the loss of water from plants in the form of water vapour.

Imagine, during your summer vacations, you go to play football outside. The Sun is scorching hot. One thing you need right now, more than scoring a goal, is a bottle of water! Any living being for that matter needs the same. Do you think plants also need the same?

Yes, they do.

 

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In fact, the water does not magically disappear from a plant. Plants lose water from them through a process called transpiration. 

Transpiration happens in part because plants need to breathe. Plants need to take in carbon dioxide and to do this, they need to open their stomata. When this happens, water comes out

 

Transpiration is the process by which moisture is carried through plants from the roots to small pores on the underside of leaves, where it evapourates to vapour and is released to the atmosphere.

Transpiration Water Cycle

This release of water vapour into the atmosphere, through transpiration, creates a water cycle. It is called the transpiration water cycle. It occurs when:

 

  • The water from the nearby soil is absorbed into the roots due to the hydraulic conductivity of the soil and the magnitude of the pressure gradient through the soil.
  • The water flows from the roots to the leaves. This is driven by capillary action (Capillary action occurs when the adhesion to the walls is stronger than the cohesive forces between the liquid molecules).
  • The water from the leaves enters the atmosphere. The water potential in the surrounding air is lower than the water potential in the leaf airspace of the stomatal pore. Due to this, water vapour from the cells in the leaves enters the atmosphere as water vapuor. This process is known as transpiration.
  • The water vapour in the atmosphere now forms clouds through the process of condensation. 
  • And these clouds of water vapour turn into water droplets and fall back on earth through the process of precipitation
  • This water that falls on the land, is then absorbed by the soil and is used to nourish the plants. 

This cycle keeps repeating and hence, is called the transpiration water cycle.

Tactivity

You will hardly need anything for this tactivity. If you have a broad leaved plant in your garden, then it is well and good, otherwise you can always head to the nearest park and look for the same.

All you need to do is wrap a plastic sheet around the leaf and close it tightly. Wait for a few hours and you will see water droplets inside the plastic sheet, as though the leaf has “sweat” – or  TRANSPIRED – as  shown in the video below:

To learn more about the applications and important concepts, enroll for your course on ThinkTac, where you can get to do live experiments using the materials that come with your package, to understand the concepts better.


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We All Have a Puppeteer

Before I disclose who your puppeteer is, I want you to play a game.

No, it’s not you. 😉

You have to stare into your friend’s eyes and whoever blinks first will lose.

With this, one thing is clear,you are not the puppeteer of your own body because you have to try so hard to not blink, despite being the master of your voluntary movements!

Who is the master?

It’s your brain!!

Yes, you have to be grateful to your brain for making you remember where your best friend lives or the dreams that you have when you are asleep, or not being in charge of how often you blink.

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Isn’t it amazing that your brain knows when you are asleep and doesn’t disturb you by making you constantly blink your eyes; or know when you are awake, hence not bothering you to start dreaming?

To sum it up, intelligence, creativity, emotion, and memory are a few of the many things governed by the brain.

Of course, the main factor to be thankful for is that we are alive because of it.

Strings Attached

Now we are going to make a brain model of our own.

The model will make it fun for you to understand the main parts-or-strings- that make us puppets, think innovative things and function in our day to day lives.

Protected within the skull,the brain is composed of the cerebrum,cerebellum, and brainstem.

The brain receives information through our five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. 

Fun Fact: The adult brain weighs 1.5 kilograms(3.3 lbs), on average.

  1. Cerebrum: largest part of the brain. It allows you to move, touch, feel and see.
  2. Cerebellum: coordinates you to maintain postures, muscle movements and balance. It is behind all the amazing yogis and gymnasts that represent our country.
  3. Brainstem: includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. It acts as a relay centre connecting the cerebrum and cerebellum to the spinal cord. It performs many automatic functions such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, wake and sleep cycles, digestion, sneezing,coughing, vomiting, and swallowing.
  4. The 4 Lobes of the brain: frontal,temporal,parietal and occipital. Each lobe may be divided,once again, into areas that serve very specific functions.

i) Frontal Lobe

  • Personality,behaviour, emotions
  • Judgement, problem solving
  • Speech
  • Body movement
  • Intelligence, concentration, self-awareness

ii) Temporal Lobe

  • Memory
  • Hearing
  • Understanding language

iii) Parietal Lobe

  • Interprets words
  • languages
  • sense of touch
  • pain
  • Interprets signals from vision
  • hearing, sensory and memory

iv) Occipital Lobe

  • Interprets vision (colour, light, movement)

The brain is an organ that serves as the centre of the nervous system and is the most complex organ in the human body.  The brain is located in the head, close to the sensory organs, such as the eyes.

Now that we are coming towards the end, you may feel happy to realise that the process of understanding this blog was an example of yet another successful puppet show!

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