Interacting with a pet helps a child's social, emotional and cognitive development. Even if a walking stick insect is not the first choice of children who are fond of animals, this little girl enjoys playing with hers. Parents may like the fact that a stick insect requires very little caring, food and maintenance.
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Gender roles often become apparent when children are playing. Here a boy is operating an excavator and the girls are baking cakes in a sandbox in the garden. Playing together helps children develop a sense of identity as well as social skills like collaboration and understanding the feelings of others.
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Sibling rivalry seems to be inevitable in all families with more than one child, but as they grow older, siblings get on better and better with each other. The younger child looks up to and admires an older sibling, who in turn takes pride in helping a smaller sister or brother. Playing together is a good way of bonding.
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Outdoor activities are important for children. Here is a happy girl jumping on a trampoline. In addition to being fun, this is an activity that improves body control and coordination. Trampolining is also a good exercise to improve muscles, heart rate, flexibility, joint and tendon functions, etc.
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Nine-year-old girl with a tablet. Tablets can be used for entertainment like watching films or playing games, but they also build reading, writing and mathematics skills. Parents often find themselves in a dilemma between helping their children become technology-savvy and keeping them safe from internet harm.
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Children enjoy role play. Often the real thing is better than, for example, a play kitchen. Being able to help mum and dad gives the child better self-esteem in addition to improving motor skills and understanding of concepts such as hot/cold, wet/dry, deep/shallow, floating/sinking, etc.
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