What Do Children Learn Through Play

Children learn through play: They practice new skills, gain confidence, and discover the solutions for complex problems through play. Play helps the child to interacts with other peers.  The child gets the opportunities to develop the foundation of independence during paly. He knows about his strength and weakness while playing and also know the value of cooperation.

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Top 10  Learning Benefits of Play

It is widely recognized that play has several learning benefits.  It is important to know how children learn through play. The following discussion will illustrate how play is necessary for child development and only the top 10 learning  benefit of  play are mentioned below:

1. Enhance the Ability of Creative Thinking

The play is an important activity to develop creative ability in children. Play provides opportunities for the child to improve independent mobility to explore new ideas and create his own individuality /identity.[2] Moreover,  he finds new techniques to win the completion while paly games.

So, the child uses his thinking in any type of game, and parents should encourage him to play games. In this way. play helps to improve creative thinking in early childhood

2. Gain Confidence in His Abilities

Play helps the child to gain confidence in his abilities. The child feels pleasure when he completes his task or game. Consequently,  he starts to believe in his abilities that he can complete any other task.   Self- confidence is an important skill of a child to get high success in every field of life.

3. Healthy Brain Development

The play is linked with the development of intellectual skills. During play activities, the child starts to use his intellect/imagination that helps to establish brain functions. It helps to build better neurological development in early childhood. Children start to imagine during play which helps to improve the mental process. 

4. Improve Physical Outcomes

The play is associated with physical health. It is established that Play improves metabolism and energy level. In fact, Play is an important tool for improving physical health.  It also helps to improve bone and mussels. Try to build an exercise routine with your child. Play is also the best tool for exercising such as football.

5. Improve Reading and Writing Skills

The play is associated with the better development of motor skills which helps to improve the reading and writing skills. Hanline, Milton, and Phelps (2010) write that “preschoolers who had high levels of representation in their block constructions had higher reading abilities and a faster rate of growth in reading in early elementary school”.[4]

Bergen and Mauer (2000) say that “children with who engaged in more play with literacy materials (e.g., pretend reading to stuffed animals, making shopping lists) at age four had more advanced language abilities and reading readiness in kindergarten”. [5]

 6. Play Regulate kids Emotions.

During play, children can get experience with the expression of real emotions and respond to new different situations. He learns the positive ways of emotional expression.  play also regulate the child’s emotions in a positive way.

7. Improve Social Outcomes

The play is associated with the development of social skills. It helps to facilitate social interaction in the school and at home. Play enables children to shape friendships with other peers.  The child learns the values of trust and cooperation during play. Play can get families closer together and build a strong parent-child relationship. Children learn how to express their emotions and understand other’s feelings through play. [6]

8. Produce Enjoyment and Improve   Sens on Freedom

The play is a pleasant activity and the child loves to play the game. A child engages himself when he free to do what he wants to do. He feels free and enjoys during play. [7]

Play helps to promote independent learners. It allows the child to use techniques and material on his own. Play allows the child to select the choices independently. This sense of freedom helps to enhance the success ratio in future life.

9. Improve Mathematical Concepts

Play helps to improve the mathematical and scientific concept. During play, the child learns different mathematical concepts such as big and small, classification, measurements, short and tall, and counting. [8]   It is also documented that children begin to understand logical scientific thinking during play.[9} It is well established that play is important for child learning and it helps to improve mathematical skills in early childhood.

10. Well-being Outcomes

The play is linked with feelings of wellbeing. The child feels pleasure and satisfaction in the state of play. The play is an activity that helps to develop a sense of well-being psychologically. (Gordon, O’Toole & Whitman, 2008).[10]

 conclusion:

In Conclusion: The above learning benefits of play show indicate how children learn through play.  In fact, play is an important activity to increase social and emotional well-being.  Play helps to improve cognitive and not-cognitive skills such as confidence, creativity, mathematics, reading, and writing. The play is an easy and effective way to get high academic performance in early childhood.

  References

[1] Jane Hewes, Ph.D., Let The Children Play: Nature’s Answer to Early Learning, Canadian Council on Learning, GRIP-University de Montréal .

[2] Johnson et al., 2005). (Dr. Rachel E. White, The power of Play, University of Minnesota,2012

[3] Anne Kennedy and Lennie Barblett, Learning and teaching through play Supporting the Early Years Learning Framework, Early Childhood Australia Inc,2010.

[4] Dr. Rachel E. White, The power of Play, University of Minnesota,2012.

[5] Dr. Rachel E. White, The power of Play, University of Minnesota,2012.

[6] Anne Kennedy and Lennie Barblett, Learning and teaching through play Supporting the Early Years Learning Framework, Early Childhood Australia Inc,2010), Carlson, Taylor, & Levin, 1998; Farver & Howes, 1993; Vygotsky, 1967). In (Dr. Rachel E. White, The power of Play, University of Minnesota,2012.

 

[7] B. Swaroopa Rani, Play Preferences of Preschool Children at Home and School, International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR).

[8] Patsy Stafford, Numeracy through Play in Infant Classes How Play Helps Numeracy Development?, Froebel College of Education.

[9] Gelfer & Perkins, 1988; Ginsberg, Inoue & Seo,1999; Piaget, 1962; Ness & Farenga, 2007). ((Dr. Rachel E. White , The power of Play, University of Minnesota,2012.

[10] Anne Kennedy and Lennie Barblett, Learning and teaching through play Supporting the Early Years Learning Framework, Early Childhood Australia Inc,2010.

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