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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Children need a healthy amount of fun play in their lives for various beneficial reasons. Play allows a child to develop imagination, dexterity, and physical-cognitive-emotional strength. It is important for a healthy brain development.
But many a times, children get so burdened with school work and homework and assignments that it eats into their play time. Here are a number of things you can do to make their lives more fun and playful.
Set aside at least one hour of free time in your child’s schedule for playing.
Ensure they engage in different types of play - individual, team, role-play, large motor, small motor, etc.
Your home should be conducive for your child to play. Stock up the crafts supply and toys regularly. This will encourage your child creatively.
Engage your child in real work from time to time. This will not only make them responsible but also enrich their play time with new ideas and roles to enact.
Help your child identify his/her nature. Then help them find activities that best suit their nature. They might find more success and satisfaction in it.
Limit the TV time to 1-2 hours a day. This will build your child’s appetite to play.
Playing is critical to the healthy growth and development of a child. Children learn to solve problems, develop gross motor skills, and get along with the others. It is important for you as a parent to encourage your child to play.
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