Play is more than just fun for your kiddo. A new study from Hasbro and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Center on Media and Child Health recently revealed the many benefits of play and now you have another reason to act like a kid—with your kid that is!

The study, which is part of the #MorePlayToday initiative, looked at how different types of play affect childrens development. So what did this research uncover?

Starting in 2016, researchers collected data on 327 children between the ages of two-and-a-half and eight in the United States and Mexico. After two years of data collection and analysis, the researchers found that when children play with their parents (or other adults in the household) they have better memory abilities.

Along with better memory, the study also found that play can reduce anxiety, sadness and fearfulness. When it comes to school readiness, board and card games were connected to vocab development, and letter and number games were associated with increased school readiness, as well as other positive behaviors.

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