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Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Room 238, Civic Centre, Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AN
T: 01685 727400

10 reasons why play is important


Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate and to resolve conflicts


Through play, children use their creativity while developing their imagination


Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, overcoming fears, while also learning that there are limits and boundaries


Outdoor play has physical benefits – through activities like running, jumping, cycling and climbing kids get fit and healthy


Free play has an important role to a child’s emotional growth. Taking risks and overcoming challenges builds self-esteem and self-confidence


Social skills – through playing with others, children learn valuable everyday life lessons about interacting with others, social norms and independence, all while gaining important relationship-building skills


Solitary play helps kids socially, as it develops a strong sense of independence, promotes creativity and imagination


Play helps children develop language and reasoning skills, encourages autonomous thinking and problem solving


Play is fun. Having fun = laughter which makes it great for your child’s psychological wellbeing


Above all, play is a simple pleasure and a cherished part of childhood