"Play is really misunderstood among parents and even sometimes educators. It's really a complex form of interacting and communicating. Einstein talks about play being children's research, their laboratory,” reports Rachel Robertson, Vice President of Education and Development for Bright Horizons. Brains are built through back-and-forth interaction between a child and his/her parent or caregiver, much like playing a game of peek-a-boo or reading a book together. Healthy development occurs when young children “serve” through babbling, smiling, gestures or words, and adults “return” by responding positively to their child (smiles, words, affection, or other positive attention). Of course, the "serve" can also be initiated by the adult!
t’s not about what we have, but the time we give... time to give attention; time to give affection; and yes, time to use imagination and play.