Play is such an important and yet underrated part of childhood development. Playing can help immensely with communication, language skills, motor skills, and problem-solving. Play behavior is considered one of the most important parts of being a human being. Playing can teach us so much and if we observe and encourage what naturally brings our children glee, we can see what kind of people they are. If they enjoy making friends early and playing with others, encourage more of the same extroverted activities they do well with.
If they prefer using their imagination or playing in smaller groups or by themselves, they may be natural introverts and you can avoid situations that would make them uncomfortable. Watching how your children play can teach you a lot about their personalities and highlight areas they may be lacking socially. Along with all the mental benefits, playing has endless physical benefits for kids and adults alike. This graph highlights 28 reasons cited by doctors, child psychologists, teachers, and more of why play benefits the emotional health and development of children.