Middle Childhood

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Freeze Tag, is another variation of the game Tag. Where the person who is “it” tags everyone but instead of being out of the game once tagged, the person will be frozen in place until another player “un-freeze” the player, for instance by touching the frozen player on the shoulder. Freeze tag, first begins by gathering a group of players, deciding on who is “it”, determining this may be volunteering oneself or playing a game like rock, paper, scissor. After determining the person who is “it”, he or she will count up to a number allowing the other players to scatter, giving them enough time to get away from the person who is “it”. When the person is finish counting, he/she will chase others to tag, once they are tagged; the person is frozen in place. The only way to unfreeze them is when another player touches them. The object of the game is for the person who is “it” to freeze everyone in the game and the last person to be tagged is the next to become “it” in the next game. Freeze Tag age range, when children start playing and understanding the rules of freeze tag would be from age 5-8.

B: Cognitive

During the transaction from early childhood towards middle childhood, not only is there evidence of physical change but also mental change in children. In 1996 Janowsky & Carper, and Sowell et al.,(2007), noted the increase of myelination in the frontal cortex, allowing further development of mental development, for instance the increase focus of attention, able to solve complex problems, planning and also ability to reflection upon their actions (Lightfoot, pg393). In the game Freeze Tag, when a child is “frozen” after being touch by the person who is “it” another child might lead the person who is “it” towards them allowing a...

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... that one is exercising and just enjoying while having fun. It’s also a stress release from the pressures and expectation of the outside world, being only focus only on the short fast period of time. Older children would probably show the same excitement of when they first started playing the game Freeze Tag. Having more self control when frozen and more of a concrete focus on mental operation and strategy.

Freeze Tag at any age would bring back a feeling of nostalgia to people who are playing, a feeling of being stress free and just focusing on the goal of the game. That just involves playing with a group of people until they get tired of playing. Freeze Tag starts from when you can understand and comply with the rules until determining that you have no more energy to keep up, it’s basically an ageless game that will continue for many generations of children.

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