Play takes different forms. Structured play, sometimes called goal-oriented play, can help children learn how to do things, and there is often, but not always an element of competition in this type of play. Structured play activities can help children’s confidence and perseverance. Team games can improve communication and cooperation. Adults often find structured play easier to engage with than totally free play, but it is important that children get plenty of opportunities to do both as part of their healthy, balanced play diet.
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