Encouraging brain development through play in Uganda
Mark, 29, a physiotherapist from Uganda, plays with his 22-month-old son Michael outside their home in a hospital compound in the Eastern Karamoja region. Mark understands the importance of playing with his son and the positive impact it has on his development.
“When we play, we sing a lot, play football. Everything I do, he copies. We talk to him all the time
and he can talk now. He loves music and
singing. We do everything together. ”
Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have improved psychological health, self-esteem, and life-satisfaction in the long-term.
A few simple items like exercise books and soccer balls can help facilitate the kind of play that builds a child's brain. Early moments matter and every moment counts. That's why UNICEF is asking Australians to give their dads a gift that helps other dads around the world bond with their young children.