Encouraging Different Types of Play

Children need different types of play to fully develop the brain and body. Play with small items helps to improve fine control of small muscles, while whole-body play builds large muscles and bones. Basic movement skills are important so children can play games alone or with friends.

Different types of play with various toys and objects will improve a child’s brain and body development. Children need to work both their large and small muscles through a range of activities. By engaging in physical activities as children, people are more likely to stay healthier throughout their lives.

Physical activity leads to stronger bodies. When children support their body weight through activities, they strengthen their bones. Children build muscles by using them, which also strengthens bones. Vigorous activity causes the heart to beat faster and grow stronger.

The more opportunity children have to learn basic movement skills, the more adept they’ll be in games that require those skills. This usually leads to prolonged involvement.

Children should build body control skills through movement, locomotor skills through activities that require balance and agility, and sending and receiving skills through games that require coordination.

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