Understanding The Different Types Of Play Your Children Need

It is important to realize just how important play time is for children. Sure, it entertains them, but it is so much more than that. You will find that there are in fact a lot of mental and physical developments that are being made when your children take part in various types of play. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that your young ones are trying several different types of play, as they will learn something valuable from all of it.

Imitating Real Life

One of the most common types of playtime that kids partake in, is imitating real life events. For example, with Maya Toys’ Orbeez foot spa, kids are able to pamper themselves with a soothing pedicure, just as adults do in real life. This Ultimate Soothing Spa includes over 2,000 Orbeez and is big enough for kids of all ages, making it a fun activity for anyone to enjoy! Another example of kids imitating real-life events is pretending to play “house,” which includes cooking, cleaning and caring for dolls. Imitating real-life events is crucial in the development of a child’s learned-experiences and it allows kids to enjoy activites, similarly to how adults do!

Roughhousing Playtime

Some parents tend to automatically dislike roughhousing because they believe that it encourages violence. However, that could not be further from the truth when you are allowing your kids to lightly wrestle around. This type of playtime gives the children many benefits, such as exerting a lot of built up energy that they have been holding in all day at daycare or school. It allows them to flex and stretch their muscles, as well as learn how to properly manage their aggression. For example, how far is too far when it comes to wrestling with a sibling? This is learned through play.

Quiet Independent Playtime

This is a fan favorite for a lot of moms and dads who need to get some chores done around the house after a long day at work. Of course, you want to make sure that there is a balance because you do not want to encourage your child to spend all his or her time off alone in their room quiet playing. The need to have fun and loud interaction and playtime as well. However, playing quiet alone while building with building blocks or coloring helps to stimulate their mind. Even if they start to feel a little board at first, you will want to keep encouraging them to play quietly and alone for a little bit. A small amount of boredom is good, because it allows your child to learn how to be resourceful, content, and to use his or her imagination.

Outside Play

By ensuring that your children are getting outside at least once a day, even if it is for only thirty minutes, you are allowing your child’s understanding of the world around him or her to strengthen. Feeling the grass and sun, as well as noticing the sounds of nature will help your child grow into a well-adjusted child.

As you can see, there are all sorts of playtime that your child will need to get involved in so he or she can develop in the best possible manner. If you ever find that your child is stuck doing one type of play, and doesn’t naturally move to another type of play on his or her own, you will need to take the lead. Get involved and play with your child and the two of you can experience so many ways to have fun together, all while making memories and developing a better sense of self for your child.

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Aleksandar Tomovic
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French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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