Play is a child’s work. Play that includes creativity and imagination should be encouraged, and fosters healthy brain development. Play also teaches social skills, like taking turns and problem solving. Schedule time for outside play daily, almost all weather can be fun! Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies.
What Can Parents and Caregivers Do?
- Letting your baby grip, grab, and touch objects helps prepare their hands and fingers not only for play, but for later development of writing skills.
- Get down to your child’s level when you play, engage with them to let them know that this is a special time for you, too.
- Encourage play by using everyday household items in creative ways.
- For optimal brain development children need to experience all five senses in a variety of hands-on situations. Make time each day for play that lets children experience how things feel, taste, smell, look, and sound.