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Playtime: A Crucial Part of Child Development
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 7:01PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 6:25PM
 
Researchers are now saying that by playing, we are actually learning rules - social rules.
 
When kids play with their friends, they learn what's fun and what's not. They also learn what the limits are: you can hug, but not hit. Scientists are saying this playtime is deeply rooted in evolution, that playing teaches us what pure instinct can't.
 
In experiments with animals, they found that cats who didn't play as kittens had no problem hunting, but they became aggressive more quickly with other cats and couldn't read social cues. Scientists have also seen that symptoms of children with ADD dramatically improve when they are given more time to play. 
 
All in all, researchers are saying playtime is crucial to children's development and we need to make sure they get enough time to just play.

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