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Video: How play helps child development

0-8 years

Why is play so important for child development? In this video, experts explain that play gives children different sensory, physical and cognitive experiences. Experiences build connections in the brain, which helps children develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. That’s why children’s play is like ‘fireworks’ going off in the brain.

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