Playing in the yard and playground is important for immunity development. Dirt makes kids’ systems learn to survive in this world and build up immunities.
Make sure your child has playdates with other kids, hopefully within a close age range so maturity level is comparable. Occasional older kids are good, but many older ones tire of the younger ones and ignore them, pushing off to do something else. Have them do physical play in the park or yard – swing sets and slides, bouncy balls, bean bag toss, digging, etc. As the child grows, play softball, or soccer, or football, or tennis, or run etc. with him. Kids also need social skills with people interaction – a team is always a good way to get a child involved, feel a sense of belonging, and learn to work with others.
Pets are great for kids – they can play with them and learn to care and be responsible for them. They learn empathy by having a pet, which crosses over to people.
Physical play – there is so much more to it! Do crafts and create things with your child. Buy and check out books he can read – reading is important. Play games as they engage the brain for strategy and fun. Play lots of music as it helps make brain neural connections. Dance for and with your kids – get creative rhythms going! Show your kids by example – you have fun doing these things, so they think it’s fun too.
Physical play is important – for building muscles and strength, for keeping weight down, for helping motor skills, for helping connect brain thoughts and stay healthy overall.
Keep kids off tech play and TV and have them do more physical play. “Couch potatoes” usually gain weight, lose motivation, lack social skills, and don’t engage their brains completely. Make sure your kids are well rounded and have real physical fun!
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