We’re all familiar with the term, “That’s child’s play.” When we hear that, we think of something that’s simple and easy. But this actually plays a major role in a child’s development.
We all know that children like to play. What some of us don’t know is how important play is to a child’s life. Play is essential to every area of a child’s growth and development.
Play is a good way for kids to use their energy. Stamina, strength, and large and small motor skills are all developed during play. Play also develops most of sensory learning. Play is significant to physical development in that without it the body could not grow and develop normally.
Children are naturally curious. They explore and learn through playing. This can further helped along if parent and educators make the right toys, materials, and environment available for children.
Children learn about the world and discover information that is needed for learning. Through play children learn basic concepts such as colours, counting, how to build things, and how to solve problems. Playtime is also the time when your child’s thinking and reasoning skills are at work.
Play also teaches kids how to relate to one another, negotiate roles, share stuff, and obey rules. They can also find themselves in groups and learn how to be a team member. Friends and acquaintances are also gained through play.
Play fulfills many needs including a sense of accomplishment, successfully giving and receiving attention, and the need for self-esteem. It helps them develop a strong sense of self, and is emotionally satisfying to them. They learn all about fairness and different emotions.
Child’s play really is essential and should be encouraged. There are endless ways of playing with your child. And as we all know, childhood is fleeting, so let them enjoy being a kid while they are one!