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Brain development through play in preschool children

Posted on 11-29-2014

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Studies have shown that young children learn and develop best through self-initiated and interactive play. Whether at day care or in the home, your preschooler will promote physical and mental development and learn life skills during play. Here, we discuss the benefits for brain development in preschoolers from self-initiated and interactive play.

Why is play so important for brain development?

The period from birth through the age of five is the most important time in your child's life for brain development. To support this development, your child needs to learn in a variety of ways. Problem solving is considered one of the best ways to support brain development, and during self-initiated or interactive play your child can learn problem-solving skills. Also, during play, your child can develop fine and gross motor skills and support creativity and imagination.

Encouraging play

Since there are so many benefits to your child’s development from engaging in play, you should encourage your child to play as much as possible. With self-initiated play, the benefits to your child are more internal, while during interactive play, the benefits extend to all of the children involved. Interactive play is one of the most effective ways to teach social skills in young children.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crystal Lake, Illinois, we know that these lessons are not normally taught in a typical day care or classroom environment. This is why we have developed our Brain Waves™ Exclusive Curriculum, which includes activities specifically designed to stimulate and activate a young child’s brain. Our curriculum provides the perfect mix of interactive play and materials to stimulate development through repetition, and by utilizing all five senses in a fun and engaging way.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crystal Lake, Illinois provides an advanced, accredited, state-of-the-art day care facility to the benefit of your child. For more information about our services and curriculum, contact us today

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