If you left it up to them, kids would do nothing but play.
But the importance of play is about more than just keeping them out of your hair.
We all want to do what’s best for our children. That’s why we take them to the doctor, get them their shots, give them healthy food (when they’ll eat it!), and encourage them to study so that they can do well in school.
But would you be surprised if we told you that play makes for an incredibly important part of childhood? So important in fact, that studies have shown that children who have ample play time actually do better in school.
So why—after a generation told us studying is vital for success later in life—are we focusing on play? As it turns out, children learn through play and build valuable life skills that can’t be taught in books or the classroom.
Read on to find out the top ten reasons why play is so important, and how it can benefit the cognitive development of your child(ren).