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Play is the work of a child. It is vital to the development of all mammals because play equals learning. Play is how baby mammals learn to be grown-up mammals. Obviously human mammals have a lot to learn, so our babies and children must do a lot of playing.
There are several kinds of play. “Rough and tumble” play is what puppies as well as small children do. This consists of action patterns performed at a high pitch of activity usually in a group. In our species it consist of running, jumping, falling over, chasing, wrestling, laughing, shrieking, etc. There is also pretend play and games with rules. Play can be solitary or with others.
Play with objects, like toys, is an important kind of play which fills an important developmental need. Play with objects helps children find out what things are and how they are used. Children imitate how adults use objects and also use objects to express themselves and to have social interaction with other children.
So play is vital and toys are good. The problem is that most kids have too many toys. (See ParenTip: TOYS where I write about toy overload.)
What’s wrong with having lots of toys, Dr. Heins? Why are you talking like a Grinch?
What’s a parent to do?
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