Child development expert and paediatric nurse, Tara Mitchell, explains why kids need to spend time on indoor fun too.
Talking to 9 Honey ,Ms Mitchell said, “I find many parents feel obligated to ensure their little ones are entertained at each point of the day. Whilst it’s important to interact and engage with your little one, it’s also important to allow your child the chance to use their imagination, problem solve, and find activities they naturally gravitate towards — not simply because it’s on the to-do-list.”
Ms Mitchell says there are a variety of different activities children can play indoors that have significant benefits to their cognitive and physical development.
“Activities such as puzzles, blocks and tea parties still have significant benefits for your little one’s imagination, fine motor skills, language, problem solving and cognitive development.
“Quiet, inside play can have so many benefits. I am all for outside play, but balance really is the key,” says Mitchell.
Here are five indoor activities you and your children can share:
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Ms Mitchell says imagination is critical for our children’s ability to cope, problem solve and ponder. “Many children also experience a sense of calm when they are playing alone,” she adds.
Do your kids get a good balance of both outdoor and indoor fun?
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