Learning - Early Ed. | 3-18 yrs

Playtime In Early Childhood

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Who doesn’t like to play? Playing games has been an integral part of all our lives since we were little children. It helps us unwind and relax. For kids, it helps improve their social, cognitive and motor skills, among others. The famous American author, Joseph Chilton Pearce, once said, “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” So, why not encourage your child to go out and play and unleash his intelligence? This will not only help him in his academics, but also in all aspects of his life.

With TV, smartphones and video games for distraction, how do we get our lazy children to involve themselves in play? The answer is to set an example yourself! According to an article titled, How your child benefits from play, published in BabyCenter, “The best way to get your child moving is to set a good example. This starts at home by engaging in physical activities rather than sedentary ones such as watching TV. Indoors, you can play hide-and-seek, toss beanbags, or play some danceable music. Outdoors, build a castle in the sandbox, kick a soccer ball back and forth, ride your bike/tricycle together.”

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and encourage your children to play!

To know more about the importance of playtime in early childhood and how you can encourage your child to go out and play, go through the ClipBooks below – a collection of top links from across the web. 

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Children Require Play For Healthy Development

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The Rise In Children's Mental Disorders

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