“Finish your vegetables and take more fruits!”
Sounds familiar? You’ve probably repeated this mantra one too many times to your preschooler.
After all, as parents, our wish is to see our little ones grow and develop healthily to their fullest potential.
While healthy eating plays a pivotal role in a child’s growth, there are other factors that contribute to their learning and development as well.
Child development expert Gill Connell believes that play time is essential as it helps to build up your kid’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional foundations for early learning and school readiness.
“It’s not only a nutritional diet, but a physical one that will help to develop them,” she adds.
Movement from natural play not only helps children to develop their muscles, but it is also at the core of how the brain develops.
It shapes how kids think, react and learn, which explains why physical activity is imperative for the development of young minds.
“In a nutshell, learning is never about sitting still,” she says.
Here, Gill shares some examples on how parents can play with their kids and provide them with sensory experiences based on the different stages of development they are at.