Summer Time Play

morning snack (2011)  nidhi chanani  everydayloveart

morning snack (2011)
nidhi chanani

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.

Some of the benefits of free play discussed by the AAP include:

Opportunities to practice decision making skills.
Discovering their interests and passions.
Assuming adult roles where they can control outcomes and overcome fears.
Working with other children in groups.
Negotiating, decision-making and creating rules for games with their peers.
Promoting health through physical activity.
Reducing stress.
Learning the value of social bonds through interacting with other children.
Building self-confidence since they are in charge.
Learning self-direction (this may be the most valuable lesson children learn from free play).

The importance of play over the summer

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