Importance of Play

Why play is so important

Many people wonder "how do children learn through play? Why is in depth quality play so important? Children learn about themselves and the world around them.

Play promotes

  • Safe secure relationships 
  • Language, communication and symbolism 
  • Physical development 
  • Problem solving and cognitive skills
  • Healthy emotional skills: self- esteem and self-confidence Healthy social skills: self- regulation and role paly
  • Empowerment
  • Empathy
  • Ability to understand fantasy and reality
  • Fun and adventure
  • Creativity/ Imagination (current research suggests that this is the most sought after skill by employers in the job market)

Dramatic Play

  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate planning skills
  • Practice classification skills
  • Enhance creative/ imaginative powers
  • Apply knowledge to new situations
  • Refine social skills 
  • Build relationships
  • Develop self –understanding
  • Learn to cooperate
  • Develop a positive self- image
  • Improve hand eye coordination
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Refine visual discrimination

Table Toys

  • Enhance creative/ imaginative powers
  • Learn concepts such as color size and shape
  • Sequence and classify in logical ways
  • Learn number concepts
  • Develop matching and pairing skills
  • Learn to cooperate
  • Build relationships
  • Develop self-discipline and self-esteem
  • Persist to complete tasks
  • Learn and develop risk taking skills
  • Improve hand eye coordination
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Refine visual discrimination
  • Establish reading readiness skills

Art

  • Enhance creative/ imaginative powers
  • Learn about cause and effect
  • Recognize colors, shapes, and textures
  • Enhance capabilities in planning, organizing and carrying out tasks
  • Express thoughts and ideas though creative expression (artwork)
  • Express feelings through creative expression (artwork)
  • Take pride in accomplishments
  • Express individuality
  • Demonstrate increased small motor skills
  • Refine hand eye coordination

Blocks

  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Enhance creative/ imaginative powers
  • Develop an understanding of scientific and physical concepts
  • Learn basic math concepts
  • Develop reading readiness skills
  • Persevere at tasks
  • Act independently and make choices
  • Express feelings in socially acceptable ways
  • Learn to cooperate
  • Learn to respect materials
  • Experience pride in accomplishment
  • Demonstrate muscular control and coordination
  • Refine hand eye coordination
  • Develop visual perception

Sand and Water

  • Enhance creative/ imaginative powers
  • Understand cause and effect
  • Develop scientific inquiry skills
  • Refine problem solving skills
  • Learn basic math concepts: volume, conservation, measuring and comparing
  • Learn to play cooperatively with others
  • Develop group social skills
  • Develop persistence
  • Explore social roles and relationships
  • Learn to deal with fears and problems
  • Strengthen fine motor control
  • Enhance eye hand coordination
  • Refine visual discrimination

Puzzles

  • Increase problem solving skills
  • Improve memory skills
  • Build spatial perception and awareness
  • Recognize colors, shapes, and textures
  • Persist at tasks 
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Build literacy skills
  • Increase muscle control and coordination
  • Enhance eye hand coordination
  • Refine visual discrimination
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