Play is essential to children's developmental processes. Play stimulates and resolves issues of specific developmental stages, supports cognitive, emotional and physical development. Play provides opportunity for children to learn social cues, social interaction skills and allow children to communicate with adults.
Learn to observe your child's play activities which provide insight as to how children communicate unexpressed feelings in their play. Parents and caregivers alike can benefit from understanding the importance of play in the world of a child, how to play without directing children so children can communicate through their play, and how playing with children can increase their bonding and attachment with their child. For more information on how to play with your child and suggestions for play activities see the article on Child's Play under "Resources."