All children, from babies to teenagers, and even some adults, love to play. Play, usually a range of self-chosen activities, is something children find fun and enjoyable doing, whether alone or with someone else. However, play is more than just activities kids do to get rid of boredom. It is a vital part of a child’s early development.
Play offers children many developmental benefits – physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. When given ample time and space to play, children have the opportunity to explore, be creative, and learn. It is through play that children learn to develop essential skills they need to interact with the world around them.
There are many ways children play, and they play differently according to their age. Older children may find certain toys or games more interesting and engaging than what the younger children like. Indeed, playing with or participating in age-appropriate games or activities optimises a child’s developmental milestones.
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