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The most important role that play can have is to help children to be active, make choices and practice actions to mastery. Play that links sensori-motor, cognitive, and social-emotional experiences provides an ideal setting from brain development. If play is the work of the child, toys are the tools. Through toys, children learn about their world, themselves, and others. Play content should come from the child’s own imagination and experiences. Unfortunately, the play experience for today’s child is often quite different from that of their parents. With the ever expanding influence of electronic media including TV, videos, video games and the internet, child are spending much of their time being passively entertained by or minimally interacting by way of a keyboard or control pad with an electronic device.
Even today’s toys are more often structured by onboard computers that dictate the play experience. This robs children of unstructured play with other kids as well as individual playtime spent in creative play. Parents need to understand the play needs of their child and provide an environment to meet those needs. What is Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping Through the Night?