Over the past 20 years there has been increasing sophistication of digital and media–based “toys” replacing traditional toys. This Blog will summarize some of the important research and recommendations for parents of young children, in order to understand some of the ways they and their children can explore and play with digital technologies.
Do you know the difference between supervising your child in play and engaging with your child in play? I think it is important for parents to understand the difference between being in either a supervisor role or a play partner role with their children.
Child development experts recognize that multiple different forms of play are beneficial for child development. However, parents may get confused and overwhelmed with all the many terms and definitions used for the different forms of children’s play. This article will give you a basic framework to help you understand some of these different forms of children’s play your child may engage in.
Rough-and-tumble play, sometimes called roughhousing, horseplay, rough play, or play fighting, is a type of social play between two or more participants, where the participants try to gain an advantage over one another, however, they do it without the serious consequences that happen with real fighting.
…Although there certainly are elements of risk for children engaging in risky play, we also need to look at what happens when adults overly restrict risky play for children. Recent research suggests that it is important for children to have opportunities for free play to explore, experiment, take risks, and face challenges, or in other words, to engage in risky play.