What you should know: There are so many more benefits than that, says Carrie Lupoli, a parenting consultant and ambassador for Fisher-Price. Play is a real booster to your baby’s cognitive, physical and social emotional skills.
Besides buying toys, you can expose your child to fun activities such as sand play, pretend play, arts and crafts, and sports, shares Stacy Yeo, the principal of Brighton Montessori Pre-School at River Valley.
“Unfortunately, most parents don’t give enough importance to playtime and fail to realise that play is fundamental to a child’s development,” the principal observes. They tend to think that if their kid is really learning through fun, they need to see results, such as their little one being able to speak better.
Quips Carrie: “If parents recognise that play is really child’s work, then they’d get them to play more than doing anything else!”