Encouraging play supports every aspect of a child’s growth and development, from baby to adult; even adults love to play when they allow themselves the freedom to do so! So we could say play plays an important role in life from birth to death! Poet Pablo Neruda once wrote,
“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn’t play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.”
Play helps to build new language, physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. Different stages and types of play have different roles in child development.