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Learning through play is incredibly important for young children. You may not realise it but play is exactly how children develop the skills they will need in their adult life. Both free play and guided play can benefit a child’s development, as outlined in the points below…
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between the two.” Leo F. Buscaglia
1. Motor skills and coordination
Whether it’s using outdoor play equipment or playing with building blocks, play is great for a child’s physical development. Balance, coordination and building strength can be achieved by letting children use outdoor play equipment. Climbing walls, crossing rope bridges, whizzing down slides, using the swings, all of these things are great for a child’s physical development.
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2. Social skills
When children play together they are learning how to interact with each other. They learn how to treat and respect others and how to make friends. They may find out that they are a natural leader and want to organise the other children, or they may discover that they like to take more of a back seat. Either way they will learn more about themselves and what works and what doesn’t in social situations.
3. Speech and language
Following on from my previous point, playing with other children is also a great way to develop speech and language skills. If a child is to play successfully with another peer, they need to be able to speak to one another. If, for example they have a disagreement, they can speak to one another or a teacher to resolve the problem. They will naturally learn language skills from each another and therefore it’s common to see children’s speech improve greatly after starting in a childcare setting.
Never underestimate the power of a child’s imagination, they could be a firefighter one day, a superhero the next. This is how children learn more about and understand the world that they live in. Play inspires children’s imagination and encourages them to be creative. When teachers take a step back and allow children more freedom, their imagination can run wild. Creative play helps a child’s psychological and emotional development which will greatly benefit them in later life.
5. Building confidence
Play helps to build a child’s confidence as they are learning new skills. Play allows children to assess risks and see what they are capable of achieving. Without confidence a child wouldn’t take risks and therefore would struggle to learn new skills, which is something that could stay with them through their life.
How do you encourage play in your children?
Thank you for reading.