Play

With the recent little snow storm, it made me think about play and how important it is.  Play is such a simple thing, but it can have a huge impact on children. Play teaches children so many things socially, cognitively, and emotionally.  It is during play that you first learn how to interact with others, learn to share, and learn basic movements such as stacking blocks or even just running around. All of these things build the fondation for future learning and then improves these things as you grow and develop.  Not to mention play is fun! If anything that should be reason enough to get your children playing or enough reason for you to continue playing yourself as adults.  We tend to think that play is a child’s activity, but it is something that is important at all ages.  We may have different forms of play as we get older, but that by no means means you should stop playing and also doesn’t mean you can’t still do some of the things you loved as a child. It’s still okay to go to the park and take a whirl on the swings or jungle gym or even on the snowy days like we have had recently going outside to throw a few snowballs or build a snowman.  The great thing about play is it’s ageless. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do in life, play is something we can all share and enjoy and is part of what brings us together. So I encourage all of you to take some time out of your busy schedules and just go play for a bit!

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