It's widely acknowledged that play has positive effects on early childhood learning and development. Research shows that play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children as well as providing ideal opportunities for parents to engage with their children.
This full report offers a very in-depth read: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. You can click on the link to read the report.
I'm facing some challenges when it comes to providing sufficient quality play activities for my toddler.
First, I'm heavily pregnant and exhausted most of the time, so it's kinda difficult to prepare different kinds of activities for him.
Second, in this multi-screen era that we are currently living in, to be realistic, giving in to smartphones and TV is a somewhat useful solution. However, finding a balance in digital parenting versus traditional play can be tricky.
Third, we are a household of two working parents without grandparents or stay-in helper or extended family members who can watch over our child. So, after working the whole day, we can be quite tired and sometimes the last thing we want to do is to play with him. Sigh.
However, we still try our very best to give him hands-on play activities besides screen time. You can browse through the album below to see the activities:
The album below is about the Play Subscription (Trial Package) by Ele Boo which I have blogged about.