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The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World

by Sarah Lyons


Development of imagination

Play builds a child’s imagination. You can help your child with imaginative play by role playing with them. Call them on the pretend phone, ask them to cook you lunch in the play kitchen, or have them use the doctor kit to do a check up on you. Engage them in conversation while you act out these scenarios. Often, you will be surprised at their perceptions.  By role playing, they learn to better understand their surroundings and build their imagination.

Traditional play time allows kids to work through their emotions in a healthy way and develop important skills. It is vital to provide a child with adequate play time in their day, especially with all the distractions in today's digital world. The best part is, the kids will be having so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning.

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Why Parents Should Play with Their Kids

Kids enjoy playing alone or with other children but nothing quite compares to playing with a parent. Although we may be busy with work or household tasks, taking time to play with our children has lasting benefits.

- Makes the child feel special

- Helps you understand your child

- Provides quality time together

- Creates are one on one time with the child

- Keeps you young and active

- It’s fun for everyone

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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