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Nurturing Preschool Children's Emotional Health Through Active Play 

Research shows that active play is very important for children's social and emotional development. During active play, children form relationships with their peers, gain confidence in their abilities, learn to express emotions, and develop the "mastery motivation" that will provide them with the internal desire to master new skills. Adults can support this by providing fun physical challenges that are appropriate for children's abilities, by giving children choices over how they move and play, and by providing opportunities for children to practice self-regulation through physical games.

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