The importance of play.

12th January 2016

Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of their childhood as well as developing social, emotional and intellectual development,  physical development and it helps to develop good communication and language too.

Having time and space to play gives all children the opportunity to socialise with their peers and with adults too. This will keep them physically active, allow them opportunity to communicate with others in a range of ways and gives them the freedom to choose what they want to do. This decision making and being able to have a choice will in turn help to enhance their confidence and general self esteem.

There is a lot happening during children’s playtime.  Lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and lots more, all help to develop life long skills. They are learning key scientific concepts, such as what sinks and floats; mathematical concepts, including how to balance blocks to build a tower; and literacy skills, such as trying out new vocabulary or storytelling skills as children “act out” different roles.

Here are ten fantastic reasons why play is an important aspect of a child’s  everyday routine:-

  1. As children play they make and practise new sounds. They communicate with others and use their imagination.
  2. Play incites a need to keep learning. The more play is nurtured the more a child will want to continue learning.
  3. Play allows children to be independent, it also gives adults the chance to know when to help or when to stand back.
  4. Play breeds spontaneity and being individual .
  5. Play allows children to have choices and express themselves.
  6. Physical play allows children to have the space to express themselves, to risk take and know their individual limits.
  7. Play gives adults the chance to join in with children’s play and be involved
  8. Play helps adults to interpret their child’s individual body language in order to know what they want and when they want it.
  9. Play teaches adults to be patience and understand how our children learn. We must let children have control and decide on their own play
  10.  Play is fun!

Keep playing everyone!

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