This is why it is important to stimulate cognitive development early on by providing plenty of opportunities for active play. The first part of the brain to develop controls the senses and movement. The part of the brain that processes movement is also involved in learning—movement and learning have constant interplay. And it just so happens that the first type of play infants and toddlers engage in is referred to as 'exercise' play. This occurs in the sensorimotor stage of development, which consists of repeating actions to adapt and understand, to cause an effect and to confirm a newly acquired skill.
Remember, in addition to developing the body, movement also strengthens all key areas of a child's brain. So while playing, be sure that your child is on the move!
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