Play is very important to children as it is spontaneous. When children play, the use the experiences they have and extend them to build up ideas,concepts and life long skills they can carry with them later in life. While playing, babies and children can try different things out, take risks and do trial and error to find things out for themselves.
Babies and children have to experience play physically and emotionally. In other words, it is not enough to provide stuff to play with. The most important element for young babies is the parent or primary carer. It is that person the baby is close to, the person that forms emotional bond with the baby. A child with this secure attachment feels able to rely on their parents or caregivers for safety and comfort, develops knowledge about communication and language , and uses these important attachment relationships as bases from which to explore and learn about the world.
- Get together lots of different things for your child to look at, think about and do.
- By making what you are doing fun and interesting for your child. You can do your chores while they are learning
- Make sure there are times you focus completely on your child.
- Talk about everything and anything, even the washing up or what you put on the shopping list.[you will literally be a talkative lol]. As you are sharing as much as possible your child will be picking up new words and be picking up her vocabulary.
To grow and develop , children need time and attention from someone who is happy to play with them. We all need to make out time for play for our children because while they are playing you can get their attention to teach them as well.