Why play is important for childrens development
When we think back on our childhood we may remember playing cricket and enjoying egg and spoon races. We might not realise that we were learning valuable life skills.
We want to equip our children with the knowledge they need to be happy, well-rounded individuals. We want them to be confident and able to face and overcome challenges. We want them to embrace their imagination and creativity and have the skills to make their goals a reality.
Have a look at what children can learn by playing by themselves or with others.
Being Comfortable on Their Own
Leaving children to play on their own will allow them to explore their creativity unhindered and uninterrupted. They can up make their own games, find their own solutions to perceived problems and learn the importance of being content by themselves.
If your child is playing in a group, they’ll have the opportunity to interact with other children and navigate the process of working in a team, which could include a great deal of problem-solving.
They will have to take other children’s points of view into consideration and will have to learn how to rely on others. This could be a fantastic way to get them out of their comfort zones in a safe and fun way.
The Importance of Communication
Clearly expressing oneself is an important skill that is required in our younger years all the way through to adulthood.
Getting our opinion across in a firm yet non-aggressive way is an essential part of properly communicating with our peers. Having children play in a group environment will teach them how to do this, as well as how to effectively negotiate with others.
This is also a great time for them to expand on their vocabulary as they will be learning new words and phrases while they’re playing. Allow them to make up songs and activities as a group or even on their own.
Get Them Moving
Playing is a great way for children to get active. In our modern world, our little ones are becoming more adept at using tablets and mobile phones. While these are crucial skills to have in our rapidly digitising world, it can leave them living a sedentary life.
Getting your little one active could be as simple as kicking a ball around the backyard or doing a scavenger hunt. Exercise is a core part of living a well-balanced lifestyle.
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