The Importance of Play

5 Reasons to turn off the TV and play with your child:

  1. It’s fun! You will never regret spending the time together.
  2. You have the opportunity to get to know each other. You will be surprised by how much you learn about your child. Your child is growing and changing every day. What makes him laugh today?
  3. Play is vital for your child’s development. Through play he will learn many things including:
  • Motor skills (jumping, crawling, creeping, climbing, pointing, threading, cutting, pencil grip etc)
  • Curiosity to learn about the world
  • How to solve problems
  • How to communicate her thoughts and ideas
  • How to follow instructions
  • How to plan and organize his world
  • How to interact with others
  • Develop social skills
  • Learn language concepts
  1. Play sequences which you help your child act out in imaginative play (cars, dolls, shops etc) will teach your child how to sequence his thoughts and ideas.
  2. Play doesn’t require any special equipment. It doesn’t have to be organized. Sometimes it just happens. Take the opportunities you see around you today.

It is crucial to understand the importance of play in a child’s life. Language and communication skills are developed through interaction and play. If your child is not developing his play skills or she is slower than average to develop her speech and language skills, contact Newcastle Speech Pathology to discuss how we can support your child’s development.

Written by Alison
Speech Pathologist
Newcastle Speech Pathology