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  • Writer's pictureGail The Parenting Coach

Play is Critical for Healthy Childhood Development

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them” Leo Buscaglia

Ready or not, here I come…

Did you like playing hide and seek when you were a child? What were some of your favorite games?

Play is the universal language of childhood. While playing children learn how to share, take turns, develop leadership and listening skills, self-discipline, and tolerance of others.

It is crucial for children to play and they need ample time to play at home and school.

Your job - Create an environment that invites a child to explore and play and give plenty of opportunities to play.

Child’s job - PLAY!

1. When a child is playing he is learning and learning to learn.

2. Play happens naturally when children are allowed time to play.

3. While playing, a child is inventing, creating, discovering, and problem solving.

4. Adults don’t need to interrupt children playing to tell them how to play, or how to play correctly, but rather joyfully observe and learn through their power of play.


Learning about themselves, people around them, and the world

Activity for sheer enjoyment

Yes to learning through play



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