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Adding games to a child’s play time is important in several ways. Some reasons why this is important is to keep children from spending many hours in front of devices such as televisions, computers, and other electronics. Active play is essential for early childhood development. It helps establish coordination, balance and gross motor skills.
Here are some examples of how to balance themselves in active play: modeling clay or putty, painting, rice racing, gardening and planting improve their motor skills. Games help with their social development, relieve stress, teach cooperation with others, can also heal emotional wounds and improve relationships/connections with others. Play contributes to the emotional development of the child, especially in social and guided games. Children learn self-regulation by following norms and paying attention while experiencing feelings such as anticipation or frustration. The game also teaches children how to set and change rules, and how to decide when to lead and when to follow. Also, it enhances creativity, it is an important factor in active play by allowing imaginations to run wild during play, children create new words and form unique ideas and solutions to challenges. Drawing colorful cards with words and pictures aids in communication by exchanging thoughts, information, or messages through speech, signals, writing, or actions. Matching building block shapes helps with cognition, kids learn to think, read, remember, reason and pay attention while playing.
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 store of energy and promotes better eating and sleeping habits. The power of play encourages healthy habits your child can build into adulthood. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and having healthy brain development.
Physical development in child care includes 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 a positive attitude toward movement encouraging dance, sports, jump rope, hopscotch, and other physical activities. It is also important as a parent to get involved in playful activities, as this creates a positive attitude that promotes self-esteem and behavior.