8 Reasons Play is Essential to Child Development

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Children are open, creative, and intent on exploring the world around them. Investing in time to play is essential for child development and to our futures. At the core of it, to invest in a child is to invest in society’s future. Budsies is dedicated to helping children learn and grow, and by investing in the future of our kids we are all strengthing our community. 

  1. Play Teaches Patience

Children around the age of three are beginning to socialize with other children and include them in their play. By interacting with other children, children learn how to share, communicate, and understand others around them. 

  1. Playing Promotes BondingPlay to child development

Parents are able to connect with the uniqueness of each child during playtime and create lasting bonds. The ties that children make when they are little influence who they become as an adult. Play helps make sure that children create strong bonds with others.

  1. Play Helps Children Communicate

Children increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect by sharing during play. These are all qualities that they will need as they grow. If children have to share a toy, they learn to negotiate their needs and express themselves effectively. Communication is essential to child development. 

  1. Play Helps Children Problem Solve

Children increase their problem-solving abilities through games, toys, and puzzles. Custom stuffed plush toys, like Budsies, help children engage in make-believe play that stimulates several types of learning. 

  1. Play Helps Children Learn

About 80% of brain development is finished by age three and 90% is completed by age five. Play allows children to learn skills like problem-solving, sharing and working in groups while they are still very young.

  1. Play Allows for ‘Screen-Free’ Time Play to child development

Research shows that eight to ten year olds spend 8 hours a day with some form of technology, and 71% of children have a TV in their bedroom. Physical activity and play limits children’s overall screen time and sets the foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle for their futures.

  1. Play is Healthy, Emotionally and Physically

Children naturally release stress and learn how to deal with their emotions while playing. This will help them as they grow into adults. Kids need ample, unscheduled time to explore their surroundings and decompress- just like adults. Research shows outdoor play is much more than just fun, it’s necessary to help kids be physically fit and healthy.

  1. Play is Ultimately Fun

Allowing children to play and use their imaginations builds their confidence in themselves and allows them to build friendships and have fun. When they have time to express themselves and enjoy their playtime, children become more well-adjusted adults. Play is essential to child development and allows them freedom to explore and have fun.

Playing sets the stage for a lifetime of growth and learning. The lessons that kids learn across the board will help them grow into wonderful adults. By creating custom plush toys that engage children, Budsies is making a commitment to the future and investing in the lives of our communities youngest members. Want to learn more? Click here to reach out to us today!

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