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April 2019

Add Some Play to Your Child’s Day

Allowing kids time to play may be more important to their development than many people realize. This is according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which looked at the latest research regarding children, play, and learning.

Stylized drawing of children playing in trees

Play helps kids develop important skills

According to the report, play helps kids develop a wide range of skills, including social development, language, early math skills, physical development, self-control, and problem solving. Some research also found a link between playing and lower levels of stress. 

But despite the benefits of play, children’s playtime has decreased. According to the report, academic pressure and safety concerns have reduced the overall time available for kids to play. 

Find ways to play with your kids

Playtime is also helpful for parents. Shared play not only helps ease parental stress but also helps parents create a deeper bond with their children. 

Here are a few ways to add some play to your child’s day.

  • Sit on the floor with your baby or toddler as the child explores blocks,stacking rings, rattles, or soft books. 

  • Encourage your preschooler to role-play with you. Pretend you are atthe store or at school, or play “house.” 

  • Head outside for some playtime. Play together in a puddle after the rain, dig in the sand on the beach, or build a fort. 

 

Let's play!

Here are more ideas from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to play with children of all ages.

Online Medical Reviewer: McDonough, Brian, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2019
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