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To the editor:
Adding games to a kid’s playtime is important for several aspects. Some reasons this is important is to prevent children from spending numerous hours in front of devices such as televisions, computers, and other electronic devices. Active play is critical for early childhood development. It helps establish coordination, balance, and gross-motor skills.
Here are some examples of how to propitiate in an active game: play-dough or putty, painting, rice races, 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/connection to others. Playing helps a child’s emotional development especially in social and guided play. Children learn self-regulation as they follow norms and pay attention while experiencing feelings such as anticipation or frustration. Play also teaches children how to set and change rules, and how to decide when to lead and when to follow. Also, it improves creativity, it’s an important factor in active games by allowing imagination to run wild during play, kids create new words, and form unique ideas and solutions to challenges. Drawing colorful cards with words and pictures helps in communication by exchanging thoughts, information, or messages by speech, signals, writing, or actions. Building blocks shapes matching games help with cognition, children learn to think, read, remember, reason, and pay attention through play.
Physically active kids tend to be leaner and healthier while an inactive childhood can lead to a sedentary lifestyle in adulthood. Physical play helps children use up their natural store of energy and promotes better eating and sleeping habits. The power of play encourages healthy habits that your child can carry through to adulthood. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and having a healthy brain development.
Physical development in childcare includes children’s physical growth as well as their increasing ability to control the muscles of their bodies. Motivating children to be physically active daily can help them develop a positive attitude towards movements encouraging dance, sports, Jump rope, Hopscotch, and other physical activities. It’s also important as a parent to get involved in play activities because it creates a positive attitude helping self-esteem and behavior.