Play and your child's development

Play and your child's development

Play is how babies and children learn best. We don't need to formally 'teach' our young children in order for them to learn. Ordinary household objects such as boxes, blankets, pots and pans can provide many hours of fun and learning. 

Key points to remember

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  • one of the most important things you can do to support your child's development is to build a positive relationship through playful interactions
  • play is more than just fun for babies and children - it's how your child makes sense of their world
  • the time you spend playing together gives your child lots of different ways and opportunities to learn
  • babies and children thrive on interactions and engaged play but also need opportunities for self-directed play and exploration
  • during the first years of your child's life, it is play, not scheduled instruction that contributes the most to their brain development 
  • play is how your child works out who they are, how the world works and where they fit into it

You might also like to check out the page How children learn.

This page last reviewed 24 October 2017.
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