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More than just a chance to have fun, playing games is serious business when it comes to a child's health and development.

Written by: Sharon Donnellan  

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More than just a chance to have fun, playing games is serious business when it comes to a child's health and development. From peek-a-boo to hide-and-seek, from chasey to hopscotch, the many forms of playing games enrich a child's brain, body, and life in important ways,

 

Children of all ages loved to play games. These can be quiet games indoors such as memory or card games to loud outdoor games involving balls, hoops and whistles. Children make up their own games, they decide on rules, what to use and who can be involved. 

 

When children play games and are involved in playing games they:

  • Share humour, happiness and satisfaction
  • Seek out and accept new challenges, make new discoveries, and celebrate their own efforts and achievements and those of others
  • Increasingly cooperate and work collaboratively with others
  • Learn turn-taking skills, concentration, follow rules, make decisions
  • Maths and literacy skills, counting, instructions 

 

Giving your child plenty of opportunities to play is one of the best ways to help them grow into curious, creative, healthy, and happy adults equipped with the skills they need today. Next time your child asks to play with you, jump at the opportunity! Share the joy of discovery as you connect with each other and the world around you.

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