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Things Parents Should Know About Playing

Play is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life; a pivotal part of their growth. Aside from their happiness, there are many benefits of play for children that you, as a parent, should know about. Keep reading to learn about some of these benefits.

Play keeps your kids healthy and fit 

Young kids who have a chance to physically play tend to lead more active lifestyles into adulthood. Studies show that even playing for one hour per day as a child has led to a more than 40% drop in chances of being overweight by the end of the school year. 

Play is more than meets the eye

Play can be both simple and complex. It looks like it's just something done for fun but it has many facets: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Even researchers are constantly impressed by its many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

Play is your child's context for learning

Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through simply sitting down and writing on worksheets. For example, in playing restaurant, children can have fun, yes. But at the same time, in that pretend play, they can also practice writing and drawing with their menus; hone their math skills with setting prices and taking orders. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

Families bond better when playing 

When you play tag, toss a Frisbee, or join in a dance party, you're creating memories your child will treasure someday--memories of times you spent laughing and simply enjoying each other's company. One of the big benefits of family time for kids is being allowed to be in charge. Kids love to feel a sense of power and mastery, so it's critical to let them take the lead when you play.

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