Parents spend 260 hours a year playing with their children – with dancing and peek-a-boo games being some of the most time-consuming activities

PARENTS spend 1,300 hours – the equivalent of more than 54 full days – playing with their children in the first five years of life, of which 95 hours playing peeking and a further 100 hours playing hide and seek.

A study of 1,000 parents with children up to the age of five found that they play with their child an average of just under 45 minutes a day – a total of 260 hours a year.

In the first five years of life, parents spend the equivalent of 54 full days playing with their children

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In the first five years of life, parents spend the equivalent of 54 full days playing with their childrenCredit: © 2021 Mattel Inc.

In the first five years, 165 hours are spent on painting, drawing and creative activities, and another 185 hours on reading together.

While more than 187 hours are spent on imaginative play – an average of almost 44 minutes per week.

It also found that 67 percent of parents considered regular play sessions “vital” to their child’s development, with 69 percent describing it as important to their child’s health and happiness.

While 53 percent actively encourage their children to play because they believe it helps them “connect to the world around them.”

And four out of ten believe it can have a direct impact on their child’s future success.

Research was conducted to launch a new play program from Fisher-Price and Family Action that aims to help parents and carers get the most out of play with their children by turning a session into a positive and valuable learning experience transformed.

It also found that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) see play sessions as a way to help their children express their emotions and develop their communication skills.

And 64 percent believe it helps them work toward meeting their key development milestones.

Lisa Lohiser, early childhood development expert at the Fisher-Price Play Lab, said: “Research has shown that there is certainly a desire to help your children develop their skills through play.

“There’s no right or wrong way to play, as if you’re present and engaged with your child, you can’t go wrong.

“It’s a natural way to develop skills like problem solving, creativity, language and general understanding of the world.”

The study also found that one in ten parents never seek new information about the benefits of gaming as they would about other things related to their child’s well-being, such as: B. which foods they should eat at what age or information about vaccinations.

And 56 percent said they tend to let their kids lead gaming sessions, according to OnePoll numbers.

But 53 percent sometimes struggle or find it difficult to play, with lack of time, fatigue, or a lack of energy or creativity being the biggest obstacles.

And almost a tenth (eight percent) feel too self-conscious or awkward, and 15 percent believe they are not resourceful enough.

However, 65 percent would welcome help from child development experts, including information and practical ideas on how to give their child what they need to get the most out of play.

Karen Woodcock, Early Years Manager at Family Action added: “You can’t underestimate the power of play.

“But that power is only released when we don’t try to turn play into work, but recognize children’s instinctive curiosity and playfulness.”

The free play program is available online today and includes five modules that explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of play and its importance for early childhood development.

It is designed to help adults understand the role they can play and provides quick and easy tips and activities to do at home.

The first five years of the game

PEEKABOO – 22 MIN WEEKLY – 19 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 95 HOURS

HIDE AND SEARCH – 23.5 MIN WEEKLY – 20 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 100 HOURS

PLAY DISGUISE – 26.5 MIN WEEKLY – 22.5 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 112.5 HOURS

PAINT/DRAW/CREATIVE – 38 MIN WEEKLY – 33 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 165 HOURS

READ TOGETHER – 42.5 MIN WEEKLY – 37 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 185 HOURS

AMAZING GAME – 43.5 MIN WEEKLY – 37.5 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 187.5 HOURS

NURSERY RHYMS – 39 MIN WEEKLY – 34 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS – 170 HOURS

DANCING – 35.5 MIN WEEKLY 30.5 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 152.5 HOURS

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES – 42.5 MIN WEEKLY – 36.5 HOURS YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 182.5 HOURS

TOTAL 308 MIN WEEKLY – 260 YEARLY – 5 YEARS = 1,300 HOURS

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