Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics reported recently on the importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds.
"Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth," reads the first line in this 12 page report.
AAP also reports that despite the benefits derived from play for both child and parent, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children!
AAP lists many important reasons why play is important:
  • Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
  • Play is important to healthy brain development
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  • It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
  • Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.
  • Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.
You can read the full report by visiting The American Academy of Pediatrics site.

Friday, August 10, 2018

When I was a kid, I loved to play with worms! One of my favorite things to do after it rained was to build worm houses out of the mud. Each worm had their own house! I spent hours building the houses and digging for worms.  I didn't understand why worms loved dirt, or how important they are! But I sure loved watching them wiggle around! 
Our "Build a Worm Farm" activity is the perfect way to teach kids about worms.