Sept. 19, 2016
When it comes to academic skills, children are born with completely blank slates. All kids have huge potential, but how much they learn in the future is greatly impacted by early experiences. One critical factor that influences early development is play.
The role of play in cognitive, social, and academic development cannot be overstated. As parents, we must understand the role of play in our children’s early lives, and provide the very best opportunities for play to our children. Read on to see just how play factors into your child’s development, and to discover ways to integrate meaningful play into their lives.
Play is Vital to Overall Growth
What better way can a child stimulate their imagination and creativity if not for play? A child is born with no life experiences, but is able to learn about the world around them through exploration and play. Through play, a child will begin to develop their thinking and problem solving skills, while exploring the objects and the environment they are exposed to.
Through their self-led discovery, children are able to learn more about the world around them while also developing important skills cognitive skills to help them form a foundation for life. Moreover, when children are cognitively ready to play with playmates such as siblings or classmates, children also develop crucial social skills which will help form the basis for their personality and the ways in which they relate to others.
Types of Play
From toddlerhood to the preschool years, there are many meaningful types of play that little ones engage in during their early development. Some of these include:
Key Aspects of Meaningful Early Learning Games
There are many ways that you can incorporate meaningful play into your child’s day. To help your child get the most out of their play, be sure to do the following:
Lastly, early learning games should be enjoyable for your child. If your child is not enjoying their time spent playing, then they are not playing at all. We all learn best when we enjoy what we are doing, and kids are no different. Research has long supported the notion that kids learn the most through play.
By giving your child the opportunity to explore and discover with a variety of activities and many different types of play, your child will learn and grow in many ways. Play is vitally important to the early development of every child, and by following the above tips, you can be sure that your child is receiving the best foundation for learning about the world around them while also having fun and just being a kid.