The PLAY Truths

As promised, we are delivering to you The Play Truths series! Like us or share this post or leave a comment about this series on Facebook or Instagram to stand a chance to win a children's backpack and a sunhat!

Why is PLAY so important?

Play Truth #1

Do you know that executive functioning affects future success?

Executive functioning includes the development of:

  • Problem-solving

  • Following directions

  • Working memory

  • Focus and attention

  • Regulation of emotions (behavior)

  • Regulation of impulse - including motor driven - like running, moving

  • Planning and setting intentions

These skills are fundamental for language development and literacy as well.

How do children DEVELOP these skills? - PLAY!

Children who do not get enough socially interactive play can develop symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and poor attention skills.

  • Blossoming of the brain that happens at the height of its development in early childhood.

  • The frontal lobes begin developing in early childhood and do not complete until after age 21.

That’s why, with all of the skills that are dependent upon robust executive functioning, a child’s future academic success really does rest on how much PLAY they engage in during early childhood.

So parents, let kids be kids! PLAY is serious work for kids and this is such an important phase of their lives, too precious to skip!!!

Share with us how do you engage your kids in play and stand a chance to win our limited edition backpack and sunhat!

(Adapted from Fairy Dust Teaching)

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