Health Tip: Playtime Is Important

-- Playtime is more than a source of amusement for kids and their parents. It teaches toddlers social skills, how to pay attention and to use their imagination, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It's important to offer your child time and toys to help promote growth and development, the AAP advises.

Create a play space that's safe for your child, the group says. It should be a place where your child can play freely without the risk of injury, and where you can easily keep an eye on your child.

Even simple toys can encourage imagination and wonder. Examples include blocks, crayons, plastic dishware, and pots and pans.

And don't forget to include activities outside the home, such as a story hour at the local library, a trip to the playground, or a playgroup at the nearby YMCA.

Posted: December 2010


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