Ten Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Ten Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Ten Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

Date posted: January 11, 2016

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has outlined ten things that parents should know about play. They are:

  1. Children learn through their play.
  2. Play is healthy.
  3. Play reduces stress.
  4. Play is more than meets the eye.
  5. Make time for play.
  6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.
  7. Play outside.
  8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
  9. Trust your own playful instincts.
  10. Play is a child’s context for learning.

For more details about these, read the NAEYC article.

What can parents do to support play? Here are some tips from Michigan State University Extension:

For ideas on play activities that support learning, take a look at this year’s Family Literacy Week Let’s Play Together! activity sheets.

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