In regards to play and routine, play helps children learn about the world in which they live. They can investigate and discover, test their theories, test spatial relationships, explore cause and effect, learn problem solving skills, build their motor skills, build self esteem, build social skills and family values. That is the importance of play, that there's virtually no area of life in which it cannot teach your child something.
We often do not think so, but children crave routine! Routine has many benefits for children, such as influencing a child’s emotional, cognitive, and social development, helping children feel secure and comfortable, helping children understand the expectations of the environment, helping to reduce the frequency of behavior problems (e.g., tantrums) and influencing child engagement in activities.
- Observe your child play and learn about their skills and interests.
- Follow your child's lead when he plays. If he is building a city, build a building alongside of his.
- Limit toys that provide too many electronic features. The less a toy can do the more fun a child has using her imagination.
- Be consistent.
- Use visual schedules for young children.
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