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Play, play, play with your child

With the long summer holidays ahead of us our children can play, play, play.

Why is play important?

Play develops EQ
Play develops IQ
Play strengthens the immune system
Play balances emotions

What type of play is best?

One of the healthiest and most creative forms of play for children of all ages is free play. This type of play is unstructured so the child decides what to do and how to do it. Children need some time for free play every day.

Make the most of strengthening your bond with your child during holiday time and play, play, play together. Make things, dress up, act silly, do something unusual or go somewhere you’ve never been before. The most important ingredient when playing with your child is to engage in a playful spirit.

Play through the developmental stages

Different ages in childhood bring forth different types of play.
Babies and toddlers: play through the exploration of the body and movement.
Young children: play for no reason other than pleasure.
Older children: play with a specific outcome in mind.

Would you like to know more about play?
Click here to watch a short video with more details about the psychology of play.

What can I play with my child?
‘150 Inspiring Educational Activities for 2 – 7 year olds’ has many fun ideas for playtime.

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