Playing isn't just fun, it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up.
To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.
Parents should make the time to play with a first or only child. And while brothers and sisters are natural playmates, parents can also play an active role in siblings' games.
But it can be hard to find the time to play with your child, especially when there are many other things you need to do. Gradually, children learn to entertain themselves for some of the time.
If you're pressed for time as a parent, it's a good idea to find ways to involve your child in what you're doing.
Children learn from everything they do and everything that's going on around them.
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