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8 Things All Parents Should Know About Play

Give your children time for play and you will see all they are capable of doing when given the opportunity.

Children learn through play.

  • Play develops cognitive skills, physical abilities, new vocabulary, social skills, and literacy skills.

Play is more than meets the eye.

  • There are many different styles of play that are both simple and complex.

Play reduces stress.

  • Play provides a joyful outlet that helps kids grow emotionally.

Trust your own playful instincts.

  • Remember, as a child, when play just came naturally?

Play is healthy.

  • It helps develop strong and healthy bodies and minds.

Play is a child’s context for learning.

  • Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play.

Play and learning go hand-in-hand.

  • Think about them as a science lecture with a lab; play is the lab.

Make time for play.

  • You are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning, and of their cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.



Adapted from NAEYC