The Importance of Play Time

How to grow a healthy happy child

Play plays the most important role in a young child’s life. It is how they engage with their friends and learn from them, stimulate their minds and develop as young human beings. Play teaches children to be active, make choices and practice the actions they need to master.

Most importantly, children need to experience a wide variety of different games and content, like music, films, language, science and art, to continuously mature their cognitive development.

Here are a few specific influences play can have on your child’s life:

1. Their fine and gross motor skills

When children play they are required to use their entire body, which forces them to practice using their fine and large muscle groups. From picking up crayons to running around playing hide and seek, everything that your child does while they play improves their abilities and grows their confidence.

2. Social skills

Playing provides children many opportunities to socialise with their peers and learn from them. It teaches them the fundamentals of conversation, negotiation, sharing and how to be considerate of those around them. Play makes children much happier, and more aware of the differences that make relationships so special.

3. Language

Games, especially group games, are incredibly important for your child’s language to evolve. As kids talk, learn the rules, make up teams and get involved in all the awesome aspects of games, they constantly communicate with and learn from one another. This shapes their ability to communicate effectively and really helps them to talk with conviction and confidence.

4. Personal awareness & Emotional well-being

Play lets children experiment with people’s roles in their home. It creates room for kids to come into contact with the needs, wishes and desires of others, which forces them to reconsider their own ideals. This teaches them to experience others’ point of view and helps them become more aware of the instinctive decisions they may make without thinking; teaching them to be self-aware.

References:
1. http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/play
2. http://www.education.com/reference/article/importance-play–social-emotional/


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