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There’s more to brainpower than fish oil

A healthy, balanced diet rich in Omega-3 is one way to turn your child into a little superhero. But when it comes to equipping them with the skills and strategies they’ll need to take on the world, never underestimate the power of imaginative play.

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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

By The Scott's Team
3 min read

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As a mom, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like hearing your child chatting away with his toys, playing one character, then another, as they interact. Or joining forces with his little sister to rescue her cuddlies from the evil clutches of the Vacuum Cleaner Robot that lurks in the cupboard under the stairs.

Imaginative play is all about exploration, imagination and wonder. OK, so it might not give your little ones real superpowers, but it will build and satisfy their curiosity, broaden the way they think and help promote their cognitive development.

Whether it’s companion-based with a sibling, peer, or parent – or solo, relying on just their own imaginations – play provides amazing opportunities for children, not just when it comes to increasing their speech and language skills – but practicing their listening ability too.

Play promotes better social interaction, social skills and competence

Children who are encouraged to play, both with their parents and peers, learn how relationships work through their experiences. And the more they do it, the more likely it is the number – and quality – of their friendships will increase.

Boosting Brainpower

"Play isn’t just for kids! Grown-ups can benefit just as much, if not more. From infancy right through to old age, play is consistently linked to positive mental and physical wellbeing."

Last but not least, play can boost your child’s cognitive development. Because imaginative play and role-playing are powerful skills that help the brain develop in more functional and positive ways.

Imaginative play and role-playing are powerful skills that help the brain develop in more functional and positive ways

In fact, studies have shown that children who are encouraged to play this way tend to have a more sophisticated level of interaction with others – and with their environment – than those who don’t.

So whether it’s hunting tigers in jungle gyms, tackling creepy critters in the garden or fighting off sea monsters in the tub, unleashing the power of play will help your little caped crusader outrun, outsmart and outshine just about anyone – or anything!

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By The Scott’s Team

A group of our internal experts and agencies are regular contributors for our articles and news.

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KIDS    FAMILY    FRIENDS

HEALTH    PLAYING

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