Why is it important to add games to kids’ playtime? | News, Sports, Jobs

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Adding games to a child’s playtime is important for several aspects. This is important, among other things, to prevent children from spending long hours in front of devices such as televisions, computers and other electronic devices. Active play is crucial for early childhood development. It helps build coordination, balance and gross motor skills.

Here are some examples of how to soothe them in active play: playdough or modeling clay, painting, rice racing, gardening and planting improve their motor skills. Games help with their social development, reduce stress, teach how to work with others, can also heal emotional wounds and improve relationships/connections with others. Play enhances a child’s emotional development, especially in social and guided play. Children learn self-regulation by following norms and paying attention while experiencing feelings of anticipation or frustration. The game also teaches kids how to make and change rules and how to decide when to lead and when to follow. Besides, it improves creativity, it is an important factor in active games, letting imagination run free during play, children create new words and come up with unique ideas and solutions to challenges. Drawing colorful cards with words and pictures helps in communication by exchanging thoughts, information or messages through speech, signals, writing or actions. Building blocks form matching games help cognition, children learn to think, read, remember, reason and pay attention through play.

Physically active children tend to be leaner and healthier, while an inactive childhood can lead to a sedentary lifestyle in adulthood. Physical play helps children use their natural energy reserves and promotes better eating and sleeping patterns. The power of play encourages healthy habits that your child can carry into adulthood. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and healthy brain development.

Physical development in childcare involves children’s physical growth as well as their increasing ability to control the muscles of their bodies. Motivating children to be physically active on a daily basis can help them develop positive attitudes toward movements that encourage dance, sports, skipping, hopscotch, and other physical activities. As a parent, it is also important to engage in play activities as this creates a positive attitude that boosts self-esteem and behavior.



Niurka Garcia

Lehigh Acres

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