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Expatriate Healthcare News: Creative play 'improves children's intelligence'

Parents with expat health insurance may want to follow the advice of one psychologist and allow their children to take part in creative play in order to ensure their kids become academically strong.

According to Dr Janine Spencer, offspring who are encouraged to do activities such as finger painting or playing in a sandpit are more likely to grow up with strong problem-solving skills.

"Without messy, creative play, children don't develop in the same way that children that do these activities do," Dr Spencer said, adding one of the best times for kids to enjoy this is while they are in the bath.

She also encouraged parents to join in, as doing so will help them create a bond with their child that may not otherwise exist.

Mothers and fathers have also been urged to pay attention to their child's diet, with nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville stating kids who are fed home-cooked foods from a young age are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables as they grow older.

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