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The Importance of Play

 

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Not only is playtime a fun part of every child’s day, but it is also a necessary one. Play is essentially a child’s “job”. It teaches them to explore, understand, and interact with the world around them while fostering a love for learning and experimentation. Children use their toys as tools to test ideas and learn new skills, which is where Pooka Box comes in. Our curated quarterly box delivers the best in toys, books, and activities to help your child grow.

The proof is in the play

Studies have shown that 75-85% of brain development occurs during the first few years of life, making play an essential part of forging new connections. Play develops fine and gross motor skills, emotional and social capabilities, problem solving, and communication skills. Helping your child foster a love of play will also help them develop the following abilities:

--Spatial relationship awareness

--Classification

--Problem solving

--Cause and effect

--Symbolic thinking

The general trajectory of play

Just as an adult advances from one level of competency to another, so do children. Your child’s play develops alongside them, so it is important that your child has the best resources available.

In the first year of your child’s life, play should focus on exposure to the senses and using toys to gain sensory information about the world. Sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound are tools with which your child fosters more complex thinking skills as they age.

In the second year, opportunities for play are enhanced by previously learned skills. Children integrate their knowledge to become more adept at object manipulation and to explore how things work.

The third year is when play becomes more dynamic. Children have learned enough skills to now interact with others. However, play here is on a scale: learning to share can be difficult for little ones, so it’s important to play with patience. Moreover, at this age children begin to use their imaginations to play-pretend. This allows them to create worlds and experiment with scenarios by using symbolic thinking to carry out their thoughts. 

Parents and playtime

You are your child’s first and favorite playmate. This is a huge advantage because you are also the biggest supporter of your child’s development. Use play to not only encourage your child’s love of learning and exploration, but also to strengthen the bond that you share. By engaging in play with your child, you have the opportunity to:

--Cultivate exploration and experimentation

--Teach persistence and problem solving

--Offer props to spark imagination

Play is the most important aspect of your child’s development; it is the first chance they get to interact with the world around them and develop their skills. Play helps children foster strong relationships, as well as a love for learning. If you want the best developmental toys, books, and activities for your children, subscribe to a quarterly delivery of an enlightening and fun Pooka Box today.


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