5 ways to encourage play in children.


Well, first of all, friends, can I just say that I’m excited to not just point you to other things around the web in a couple of weeks here? It’s been an incredible month of making progress on my manuscript (17,326 words thus far – and hopefully another 6,000 to go). But I miss our interactions. I miss the interactions writing here and there around the internets provides us. So, here’s to health in balancing book writing, article writing, blog writing and sermon writing sometime in September again!

Meanwhile, if you have young children and sometimes find yourself stuck in knowing how to encourage play in them, consider leaning into this article written for MOPS. Or, dive into the beginning of it here:

They only needed pen and paper in order to get started yesterday. Somehow, making lists turned into drawing pictures of fire, and drawing fire turned into a game of Fire Chief for the next hour. Two little boys ran around the house, putting out “forest fires” in the living room, the bedroom and Mama and Daddy’s room alike.

As I watched my children, ages 2 and 4, enter into this world of imagination and play, I almost did a little skip in the air: They’re playing without me!

They don’t need me to sit in on playtime quite so much anymore, even though I more-than enjoy watching their creative juices flow. Although I loved them as babies, I love who they’re becoming – little boys who thrive on play, on creating imaginative worlds all their own. And it makes me want to do everything I can to encourage this critical element of childhood for them.

The American Academy of Pediatricians agrees. In a 2007 report, play promotes healthy development, and even helps maintain strong parent-child bonds: “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength.” Isn’t this the desire of every parent?

Let’s invite our children to just be kids and play ­– and, in case you need a couple of ideas, here are five things that have worked for my boys:

Curious as to what those five things that encouraged play for my boys were? Click here to read the rest of the article, then make it happen in your house or with a small child near you.

Let’s play!

How do YOU encourage play with the children in your life? What are some of your favorite memories of playing from your childhood? 

2 thoughts on “5 ways to encourage play in children.

  1. Very proud that you have made such great progress on your manuscript. *** “It’s been an incredible month of making progress on my manuscript (17,326 words thus far – and hopefully another 6,000 to go..”

    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Meredith! I’m hoping to finish a chapter and a half more in the next couple of weeks before I let it sit again for awhile. Every word counts, so keep going! You got this!

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