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Child Play Development:
How Your Child Develops
Through Play

Child play development fosters your child's mind and body to grow faster during the first few years of life... and there is plenty you can do to help and encourage him along the way.

Child Play Development

Play enables your child to interact and respond to you and others.

The most important play for your child is to play with him and you should have time for this every day. As a parent, you are your child's favourite playmate.

From the early days of your child's life, he engages in play with you and playing with him is not only enjoyable but is one of the most important ways you can nurture his development.

There are many fun activities that your child can take part in to aid his social development. Role play is one example when he might play within in a group and take on the role of others, for example when playing a game of "Mums" and "Dads" with friends, he pretends to play everyday family roles.

In the same way play can enable him to develop emotionally, this can also be seen through such games, when he can display a range of emotions within the play.

Play is also a major contributor to your child's physical development. There are many activities which can benefit his physical development... painting and drawing can help his fine manipulative skills because of the nature of the movement involved in these activities.

Large construction toys can help his muscular development through any lifting, carrying, stretching or balancing he might do.

Child Play Development
The various different types of play he can participate in often can help him to develop in more areas than one.

Play is seen by many as an ideal opportunity for him to learn new skills and plays an important part in his life.

All areas of your child's development are enhanced through his play activities. During his preschool and school age years, he develops socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically through outside play.

The most beneficial play is initiated by your child. During free play is when most learning takes place. Your child playing with blocks will begin to stack them. The earliest forms of play in childhood are functional play.

Constructive play is common in preschool age children. Your child playing constructively will create something through his play. Group constructive play encourages team work and healthy social emotional development as well.

Pretend play is a very important part of healthy development. He may pretend and role play from his preschool years through early elementary school. Playing make-believe strengthens language skills and aids in proper social development.

Your child gains a strong foundation for learning through play. Solitary play fosters independent thinking and problem solving while group play encourages cooperation and understanding. For healthy growth and child play development, your child should spend most of his days in free play.

Allow your child to play his way and encourage him to solve problems during playtime.

Child Play Development
Child play development and learning through play are critical to your child's health, but many children are playing less these days.

Child play development happens because he is continually learning through play and this leads to the growth and maturation of his brain and body.

It's been said that the work of a child is play or, perhaps, to be more exact, learning through play. Play is such a part and parcel of your child's life that childhood is, virtually, defined by the dominance of play.

Click here to learn more about "Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years".

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