Playing is Serious Business

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Do you remember playing? Just as your child needs wholesome food to grow physically, he needs creative play to grow emotionally and intellectually. Play provides your child an opportunity to build and practice using vocabulary, to imitate what he sees grown-ups doing, and to experience how things work. Encourage your child to play but don’t do it for him. It doesn’t take expensive toys or planned activities. While you’re making dinner, let him try to match up lids to plastic storage containers. While you’re doing the laundry, let him sit in the laundry basket or push it around and make car noises. Paying bills? Give him a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil. See how many ways you can find to use everyday objects to create safe, age-appropriate playthings for your child.