As the coordinator for the Parent Education Network’s Parents as Teachers Program I can personally attest to the fact that playing (almost any type of play) is vital for children. Playing can open up a child’s creativity, help them come into their own with various motor skills, enable them to have the beginning blocks of intellectual development and can also assist with language skills. There are numerous ways in which to play with your child – everything from outdoor activities to structured play- all types foster a different growth mechanism within your child. Don’t think there is enough time to have guided play with your child in between daily chores and activities?
Then try this example;
Cleaning with Music- while you are completing your chores around the house blast your favorite music and encourage dancing with your child in tow, singing into the remote control is optional of course. Who knows it may even become natural to dust the floor by donning socks and dancing your heart out to American Idol runners up. Shhh! I won’t judge!
Its ideas like these that Parent Educators bring to the doorsteps of Parents as Teachers families across Wyoming every day. They add just a bit of background to help parents understand why each activity is important. For example did you know that block-playing is linked to higher math scores?
With the Assistance of Pat Simpson – PAT National Center