A balanced diet of play is as important as good food or love. According to
Dr. Richard Woolfson (an educational psychologist with 30 years' experience
and a qualified nursery and primary school teacher), a portion each of three
types of play each day helps with every child's healthy development.
Creative play is about drawing, painting, playing music, cooking, or making something (anything!). It doesn't matter what your child makes, or whether there's a perfect result.
Through creative play, your child expresses his- or herself, learns about process, discovers cause and effect and gains pride in their achievements.
Imaginative play starts in your child's head. It can be role-playing, creating a new game, giving toys a voice, inventing adventures or playing a word game.
Through imaginative play your child begins to understand the world, investigates fact and fiction, and develops positive relationships with themselves and other people.
Active play is how your child moves in the world. It is running, jumping, catching and dancing - all of which build strength and boost coordination.
Active play is also a great way to learn about teamwork, release tension and feel truly free.