How Does Creative Play Help Children to Grow?

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How Does Creative Play Help Children to Grow?
Your children can play creatively in a variety of ways. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Creative playing among children may seem irrelevant to their development, but it actually helps the children become well-rounded adults. Playing creatively is not only fun and usually a source of physical activity, but it has psychological benefits for the children. It is still important to supervise children while they play to ensure they are not participating in risky behaviour.


When a person does something enjoyable, the brain releases endorphins (natural opiates created by the body). The same thing happens to children when they participate in creative play activities. The endorphins help relieve stress and improve the mood of the child. Observe your children as they play creatively and you can usually see their mood improve greatly within a few minutes of starting their play. Gently persuade your children to play make-believe games when they are in a foul mood to help brighten their mood.

Physical Health

Creative playing can be a physically intense experience that promotes physical health and stamina. While playing creatively, your children can run, jump and swim their way to a healthy future. Help your children create imaginative games that make them get active. Teach your children the dos and don'ts of safe physical activity first, though, to ensure they don't harm themselves while playing. This should include teaching them not to play on dangerous equipment or jump from unsafe heights.

Intellectual Growth

You use your imagination anytime you need to do some problem solving. A healthy imagination helps you wrap your mind around the problem and come to a reasonable conclusion. Creative play early in life promotes a healthy imagination, so it is more likely that children who play creatively will have an easier time resolving problems in an effective manner. A healthy imagination also promotes a healthy sense of curiosity, so creative children are more likely to ask questions and gain knowledge.

Creative Growth and Imposing Boundaries

Imaginative games teach your children to work with others to create a structured situation. For example, they may create an entire imaginary world where they battle space monsters. Every participant needs to work together to keep the illusion working, which means they all need to improvise their parts but still act within the boundaries of the situation. Even if the children play a solitary imaginative game, they can still benefit from creating their own game structure.

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