“Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.”
Most parents and families head to playgrounds to get a break and ensure children receive much-needed exercise. For them, it’s all about letting their children release excess energy. The truth is, it does feel good when children are actually tired by the end of a long day. It gives parents and families opportunities to do some work, household chores or relax without interruptions. On the other hand, teachers and providers know why play is so important to children’s healthy development.
Teachers/Providers: Partner with parents and families to ensure children enjoy playtime safely. Start by sharing this downloadable resource:
- E-mail to parents and families.
- Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the Hashtag #SeekOutdoorAdventures.
- Download, print and distribute to parents and families.
- Place on the family communication board.
Parents/Families: Keep in mind that nearly 80% of playground injuries are caused by falls.