We have a big idea for kids this summer: Play.
Let your kids play. Play outdoors. Play with friends. Play dress-up. Play for fun.
It sounds simple, but have you scheduled time for unscheduled play this summer? David Elkind, a leading child development expert says, “play is essential to positive human development.”
He’s recognized three different types of play:
- Play teaching concepts and skills.
- Play initiating children into the world of peer relations.
- Play developing strategies for managing stress.
A big part in staying active for life is enjoying activity. By letting your son or daughter explore their own interests while having fun, they’re developing valuable life skills.
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What’s your favourite childhood summer memory? Share it in the comments.