Play Helps Children Learn Best and Begin to Develop Their Character!
Play is they way that children learn. They start to experience their surrounding and the world around them bringing meaning to their existence. It models the social framework that builds relationships for life and kindles imagination. Play gives children the chance, in a world where so many carry heavy burdens, to simply be children.
Why should we remove the electronics and make sure that our children are getting enough playtime? Because it is through play that children will:
- Develop physical skills. Gross motor skills begin to form as a child learns to touch, grip, crawl, run, climb and get their sense of balance. Fine motor skills develop when children use and hold small toys.
- Develop cognitive conceptions. Children learn to solve problems when they play. Children also learn colors, numbers, size and shapes. When a child begins to develop their cognitive skills they are beginning to improve their memory and show a longer attention span. When an environment is stimulating for a child, they will begin to heighten their level of thought.
- Develop language skills. Language develops as a child plays and intermingle with others. This type of play begins early on in life when a child and parent use cooing sounds and facial expressions to communicate. When this type of parent-child play happens it helps a child form connections with what is real and what is make belief.
- Develop social skills. Learning to collaborate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are extremely important skills which are formed in the younger years of life. They become a part of a childs’ core values. These talents continue to be cultivated the more the child plays. As a result, children learn to accept and follow the roles and rules of the world.
So what is your role as a parent?
Your role as a parent is to create a fun, creative, exciting and educational environment for your child where they feel comfortable to explore and learn. Play has to be unstructured, this type of play allows the child to learn how to role play through make believe and using imagination.
Observe your child and learn what their favorite toys, games, puzzles and books are. Join in and play with your child so that they know you are involved in what they are doing.
Use your imagination! Be creative, incorporate natural everyday items into play, your child will love it.
Children have the right to play!