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Does play actually benefit a toddler?

A toddler’s playtime is an important aspect of his development. Through play, a child learns about his world and the people in his world. He also learns how to solve problems and overcome challenges both mental and physical.

Pretend play is necessary for a child to learn social behaviour. You may see your child pretending to be a fireman or a doctor.  In these roles, he is acting out everyday scenarios and in doing so, understanding why things happen. Imaginative play like this should be highly encouraged. And, your child will be thrilled if you pretend with him.

Play also promotes a child’s social skills. Children playing together learn how to negotiate: “If you play with the red car, I will play with the green one.” They also learn how to cooperate and how to share. Believe it or not, those little arguments between children are teaching them social skills. If your child does not have siblings or is not in daycare, you may want to consider arranging play dates with other children.

Naturally, playtime is important for a child’s physical development. Large motor skills like running and jumping, as well as fine motor skills like balance and dexterity, benefit from play. When a toddler stacks blocks they are learning about the effects of gravity. When they learn to skip, they have mastered balance. These skills carry over to a child’s everyday activities. Additionally, physical play helps children deal with stress and will make them less cranky.

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A toddler’s playtime is an important aspect of his development. Through play, a child learns about his world and the people in his world. He also learns how to solve problems and overcome challenges both mental and physical.
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