Vietnamnet | US Expert: How Games Help Children Thrive

(Vietnamnet) A Research conducted by US Experts: More play time now, more successes for children in the future – Recent studies show that a child’s play time plays an important role in shaping their future career path.

Playing is an essential part of children’s development. This is not simply a recreational activity but also plays an important role in children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Through playing, children develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. They also learn how to interact with others, work in groups and communicate effectively.

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Fun playtime make greater success

A study conducted by the LEGO Foundation (2018) found that children’s play time is strongly associated with problem-solving skills, creativity, collaboration and a greater likelihood of higher academic achievement and attitudes. study more actively.

Another study conducted by the US National Institute of Play found that children who have playtime and plenty of play opportunities are more likely to develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills needed to play. succeed in the future working environment. Research also shows that these children will have better academic performance and higher levels of physical activity.

A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children who have more play time have better emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, and social skills than children who have less play time. play.

Another study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology (USA) found that children who have outdoor play spaces and activities are more likely to develop their interest in sciences and outdoor sports.

Advice for Parents

Playtime is an essential aspect of child development. Parents as well as educators can play an important role in supporting and facilitating this process.

1. Provide time and space: Children need plenty of time and space to play creatively. Parents and teachers can ensure that children have access to safe and appropriate play spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

2. Provide appropriate toys and materials: Children need appropriate toys and materials to encourage creativity and exploration. Parents and schools can provide a variety of toys, such as cubes, dolls, balls, art toys and dress-up clothes.

3. Encourage child-led play: Children should be encouraged to play  by their own way and “lead” other people to follow their rules. Children get to choose what they want to play and how they want to play.

4. Engage with children: Not only does this help strengthen the relationship between adults and children, but it also provides an opportunity for adults to model appropriate behavior and language.

5. Create opportunities for outdoor playtime: Outdoor activities gives children the opportunity to be more active and interactive with the natural world. Parents and teachers should encourage children to play safely outdoors in playgrounds, parks or gardens.

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