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Playing Solo: Why you must encourage independent play during the lockdown

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning—whether structured or unstructured. While group play enhances social skills, when a child plays alone (without parents, siblings or friends), they are paving a way for self-growth and becoming self-sufficient adults. This is why experts often emphasize it might be a good idea to let children get bored and find ways to entertain themselves. This builds in them solving problems independently. It helps them grow into curious, creative, healthy, more organized and happy adults equipped with important life skills including time management.

Though independent play is crucial for children, it often needs to be inculcated. Children can be more uninhibited and creative when an adult isn’t directing things. Since they don’t need to follow rules or explain their play, they can just go where their imagination takes them. Thus, free play teaches children self-reliance, confidence, and improves focus.

Why independent play is important, especially during …

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