Play is hard work!
The Importance of Playing With Your Child
We love to play here at the library. We offer playtime after toddler storytime and have various toys and activities in the children's room for you and your children to play with while you visit.
There's a common saying "play is children's work" and we know this to be true. Children learn by doing and watching and interacting. Playing independently is important. Even better is the time that you spend playing with your toddler. What a great investment! Play, in addition to being fun, helps children with their brain and emotional development.
When you play with your child, you are building a fantastic bond between you two. Play that is engaging helps create a positive learning environment and a positive relationship-building expereince, too.
When you and your child play, your child's brain develops and you help him or her build confidence and social skills. Play also builds your children's resiliency (the ability to bounce back when things don't work the first time) as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others.
What are some of your favorite ways to play? We love to see families put down devices and instead engage in creative play with blocks and legos. Come check out our puppet stage and put on a fun creative show with our puppets. Use our puzzles to build fine motor skills.
Most importantly, don't forget to make time to play with your child a little every day. Your children will love the quality time and you'll feel good, too!