Activities 'help a child develop important lifestyle lessons'

Getting children active is the best way to make them learn valuable life skills such as healthy eating, reducing the risk of adult obesity, according to one expert.

Joanne Mallon, a life coach and author, suggested that children are more likely to pick up life lessons through creative play which enables them to use their imagination.

According to Ms Mallon, active play using the hands will significantly increase a child's awareness of co-ordination, motor skills and eventually writing. It can also help them to learn about lifestyle as well as as can? picking up good habits from those around them.

Her comments come in relation to a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which reported that unstructured play is better for a child's development than educational TV.

The study showed that children learn to think creatively, problem solve and develop reasoning and motor skills through physical activity from an early age.

Ms Mallon advised: "Get down on the floor and play with your child, letting your child take the lead. Describe what you're doing as you're going about your day."

She added that anything from putting away the laundry to going for a walk can become a chance to use descriptive language and teach a child valuable lessons.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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