Playing has always been something we associate naturally with children and childhood, but in recent times playtime for children is getting increasingly compromised by excessive focus on academics and enrichment classes, or taken over by technology and electronic devices.
More and more research and evidence are demonstrating the benefits of play, and it should not be overlooked.
Playing helps children to develop physical, cognitive, and emotional strength and skills, not forgetting imagination and creativity, while having fun in their own way. As stated in a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills. A reduction in play, as a result, can have negative effects on children.
Here are some ways you can help to promote play at home: