KIds Expo 2012

County Office of Education: Celebrating the joy of play

By From page D2 | April 11, 2012

Children of all ages love to play! In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Play gives children the opportunity to develop an enjoyment of the outdoors, understand and make sense of their world, interact with others, express and control emotions and practice their emerging skills. As educators it is important to recognize that play needs to be integrated into the daily plan for learning. Regular play and exercise is an essential element of cognitive growth. Research shows the links between play and capacities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language, social skills and overall success in school. As parents, engaging in children’s play offers a unique opportunity to see the world from the child’s point of view, understand their interests and frustrations and watch creative ideas unfold. It helps strengthen parent/child relationships, builds brain development and its fun! Go ahead…let them play and play with them!

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