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The Power of Play Benefits Children of All Ages

Updated: Jan 5

Research shows that play is essential for kids to reach developmental milestones and learn. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children spend 60 minutes daily engaged in open-ended, unstructured play.

Here are three amazing facts about play: play enhances the progress of early development from 33 percent to 67 percent by improving language and reducing social and emotional problems; children with access to a variety of toys were found to reach higher levels of intellectual achievement, regardless of the children’s sex, race or social class; research points to a direct correlation between play and stress reduction.

For these reasons, parents should encourage playtime for their children every day.

Some ideas:

  • Make time for a playdate. Whether it’s playing with friends or family, playdates are an important part of childhood—a time when your children can learn to resolve problems and hone their social skills.

  • Kick up your routine a notch! Look for opportunities to make chores or activities you already do with your kids more playful.

  • Make your backyard fun and exciting for your kids. Install age-appropriate play equipment designed to keep them occupied and learning new skill sets.

  • Check out nearby parks and playgrounds. During this time of social distancing, this comes with a caveat. When few children are present, these places can be great ways for your kids to make new friends and learn about other cultures. Don’t worry about language barriers. The language of play is universal.

The Happy Hollow offers a variety of playground equipment designed with the utmost safety and learning in mind — along with a sprinkle of challenge. Young learners from 6 months and up to 23 months play and interact, they are learning and gaining important skills that will help to promote healthy physical, mental and social development. For more information, contact us today

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