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Improve Cognitive Abilities
Play Isn’t All Fun And Games — It’s Also An Important Teaching Tool! It is through playthat kids learn how to interact with others and develop skills critical for childhood development. Think of it as recess and study hall all rolled into one.
Enhance Social Skills
Play was different when I was growing up. My parents supplied the toys and my friends and I played with them. I really don't remember my mom ever playing with me. I remember the fun I had playing for hours at my friend's house and at home with my sister. When I was I at home, my sister and I would play school. We had real school desks and most of the time my sister was the teacher as she was older. When my sister was at school, I would play with my dolls and pretend I was the mom. My friend's house was the best place to play as they had all the cool toys. They had every little people play set and we would set them up in her basement. We would have a village set up and the fun we had making up new events every time we played. Then there was the outdoor play that I had with my friends. Riding our bikes around the block and playing tag. Oh, the games we made up were so fun. I don't remember any of my toys making sounds either, as I made all the sounds.
Hone Communication Skills
For kids today, play has become adult directed and structured. Don't get me started on how every toy makes sounds and has to teach the child. Why can't children just play? Do children today know how to play using their imagination? Is there such thing as play that does not involve electronics? Researchers think that adult-directed and structure play has a significant impact on children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth. When my older kids were growing up, I tried my hardest to not allow electronic toys in the house, but my younger boys are attracted to electronics as they see their friends and older brother on them. I struggle with getting my kids to just play as they want to be on the computer and there are no friends to play with as they are busy with activities like sports. My education is in early childhood education so I know the importance of play. I know that child –directed play is important in so many ways. When a child is allowed to just play without structure or electronics they learn so many things that helps them develop. Play will help a child learn things like(click on each one to learn more):
+ Improve Cognitive Abilities
+ Hone Communication Skills
All these above skills are very important in your child’s development. Children need to just play and we as parents need to just supply the toys, the space and the time to allow kids to just play. I discovered a great website that will help us parents learn how to just allow our kids to play. There is great info and also play ideas and tips to get your children back to playing. you can also read advice from experts and learn about choosing the right toys for different ages. I just love the cool toy pick section that tells about some cool toys that your kids would love to play with.
Process & Express Emotions
Need some more inspiration on helping you kids with play? Then check out some fun videos that show kids having fun playing. My favorite ones are Lava, Water Fight and Peek-a Boo. Watch them all and tell me about your favorite one.
Develop Physical Skills
Now that I got your attention about the importance of play, I want you to join families across the country in taking The Play Pledge... And help guarantee 1,000,000 hours of pure fun (and beneficial) play this year! Once the goal is reached, Genius of Play will make a charitable donation to The Toy Bank. Don't your kids deserve your support with play? Help Genius of Play reach 1,000,000 hours of pledged playtime, so they can donate $10,000 worth of toys to support play for children in need. I took the pledge and committed to supporting my boys to 5 hours of play a week. You can pledge anywhere from one to 40 hours a week.
Take the pledge here.