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learning about the world and developing
their imagination. And when children
take part in creative play, from drawing
pictures to making mud pies, they are
learning to express themselves and
developing their fine motor skills.
The type of play will change as they
grow, but whether they’re five years old
playing with a ball in the living room,
or 15 and playing kick the can at the
neighbourhood park with friends, play
helps teach kids to solve problems, build
resilience and understand the world.
“Play is really important for children
when they’re developing and growing,”
says Crawford. “You get a pretty big
bang for your buck.” |a
ENCOURAGE KIDS BY PLAYING WITH THEM
You can play, too. In fact, it’s a good idea to play with your child. When you take
part in play, your children learn by watching you. Playing with your child can also
increase their self-esteem and confidence, and improve their language skills.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to play:
• Make time. Every day, set aside some time to play with your child.
• Follow their lead. Watch what your child does and then wait and listen for
them to show you what to do.
• Make a play box. Keep some supplies on hand for playtime. Turn socks into
hand puppets or a piece of cardboard into a magic carpet.
• Meet them at their level. Get close to your child and make eye contact
when you play. If they’re on the floor, sit beside them. This shows your child
that you’re interested in what they’re doing.
• Offer encouragement. Notice and comment on what your child is doing, but
avoid telling them what to do. For example, if your child is playing with a toy
car, instead of saying, “Let’s drive the car to the couch,” try saying: “Where is
the car going?”
• Have fun. Even if you have lots of other things to do, focus on having fun with
your child and letting them see how much you enjoy playtime.