Are play dates really necessary when kids are young? We take a look at some of the benefits and developmental effects play dates can have on older babies, toddlers and pre-school kids when they catch up with their friends.
Pretend play is an essential part of growing up, and as adults, its important for us to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to give it a go. Pretend play comes with many benefits too and helps develop a childs creativity, recreate social relationships and learn how to get along with others. Its also necessary developmentally too, being like a rite of passage as a child gets older.
Over the years as our living space has decreased and our use of smart phones, tablets and television has increased, children are now often missing out on connections to nature. In our hectic world, children need experiences that were such a big part of their parents childhood. Check out these natural resource activities to try with your little ones.