Tips: Why Play Is So Important
- Play helps children learn about themselves and their understandings of their expanding physical and social worlds.
- Play gives children opportunities to figure out how things work, how to get along with others and to try on new roles.
- Play stimulates and enhances creativity and imagination.
- Play provides a rich resource for language development and social competence.
- Play encourages thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Play develops perceptual-motor skills (fine and gross, such as eye-hand coordination and balance) and helps develop strength and coordination.
- Play is the integration of language, social, cognitive, imaginative and physical skills.
- Play fosters self-esteem, self-direction and values.
- Play helps children learn and practice social skills such as sharing, negotiation and cooperation.
- Play develops curiosity and increases attention span.
Parenting advice is given as a suggestion only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider.