Play is essential for baby’s brain development.
Systematic research has increasingly demostrated that play provides a series of clear benefits to children’s cognitive and social development. Children who engage in creative play are shown to develop emotionally and socially, as it allows the expression of both positive and negative feelings, and the ability to integrate emotion with cognition. It also cultivates forms of self-regulation including reduced aggression, delay of gratification, civility and empathy.
Creative play allows children the unique opportunity to learn social skills such as problem solving and communication; studies have shown that pretend play has demonstrated cognitive benefits such as increases in language usage.
Children who play with grown-ups and develop a positive relation to play are confident, caring, feel loved, happy and safe. “According to research conducted in homes, the two most powerful factors related to cognitive development during infancy and the preschool years are the availability of play materials and the quality of the mother’s involvement with the child.*”