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Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
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10 reasons why play is important

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Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate and to resolve conflicts

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Through play, children use their creativity while developing their imagination

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Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, overcoming fears, while also learning that there are limits and boundaries

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Outdoor play has physical benefits – through activities like running, jumping, cycling and climbing kids get fit and healthy

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Free play has an important role to a child’s emotional growth. Taking risks and overcoming challenges builds self-esteem and self-confidence

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Social skills – through playing with others, children learn valuable everyday life lessons about interacting with others, social norms and independence, all while gaining important relationship-building skills

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Solitary play helps kids socially, as it develops a strong sense of independence, promotes creativity and imagination

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Play helps children develop language and reasoning skills, encourages autonomous thinking and problem solving

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Play is fun. Having fun = laughter which makes it great for your child’s psychological wellbeing

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Above all, play is a simple pleasure and a cherished part of childhood


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