6 Benefits of Play

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills. These 6 benefits all play an important role in raising well-rounded children.
Physical Skills


Active play helps kids with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending their natural energy (which promotes better eating and sleeping habits).

Process Emotions


During play, kids learn to cope with emotions like fear, frustration, anger, and aggression in a situation they control. They can also practice empathy and understanding.  

Cognitive Skills


Children learn to think, read, remember, reason, and pay attention through play.

Creative Skills


By allowing imaginations to run wild during play, kids create new worlds, and form unique ideas and solutions to challenges.

Communication Skills


Play lets kids exchange thoughts, information, or messages by speech, signals, writing, or actions.

Put the Benefits of Play into Action

Discover play ideas by age, benefit, and prep time to play every day!
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Ages 3 years and older
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Ages 5+, requires adult help
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