Why Play is Important for Child Learning

The play is important for child leaning and for better developemnt.Play helps to develop the foundation of social intellectual, cognitive, physical and emotional skills.

 Why Play is Important for Child Learning?
Play is Important for Child Learning

Play also encourages exploration which helps to learn new skills and ideas. Kids Play is important for improving several skills in childhood. It important to know why play is important for child learning, because some parents don’t know th real benefits of play in early childhood.

Why Play is Important for Child Learning? 

Children practice new skills, gain confidence and discover the solutions for complex problems through play. Play helps the child to interacts with other peers and understands the importance of other children.  It can provide the opportunities to develop the foundation of independence and child know about his strength and know the value of cooperation.  because of above reason play is important for child learning.

11 Benefits of Play in the Early Childhood

It is widely recognized that play has several benefits. The following discussing will illustrate how play is necessary for child development. Some important benefits of play are below:

1. Enhance the Ability of Creative Thinking

The play is an important activity to develop creative ability. Play provides opportunities for the child to improve independent mobility to explore the new ideas and create his own individuality /identity in his early age.[2] The child experience with several behaviors when he creates new shapes. This activity helps to promote creativity. 

2. Gain Confidence in his Abilities  

Play helps to gain confidence. The child when complete his task or game, he feels pleasure and starts to believe in his abilities that he can complete any other task.

3. Healthy Brain Development

The play is linked with the development of creative and 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 use imagination and imitation during play. which help to improve the mental process. It is important to understand that play is an enjoyable activity which has had a great positive impact on mental health.

4. Improve Physical Outcomes

The play is associated with physical health. It is established that Play improves metabolism and energy level. (Lester & Russell, 2008; Frost, Wortham & Reifel, 2006) [3]

5. Improve Reading and Writing Skills

The play is associated with the better development of fine motor skills which help 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. Play enables children to shape friendships and attachments with other peers. The child learns the values of trust and cooperation. He learns the positive ways of emotional expression and enables to regulate his thoughts.

7. Improve Social outcomes

The play is associated with the development of social skills. It helps to facilitate social interaction in the classroom and at home. Play can get families closer together and build a strong parent-child relationship. Children learn how to regulate their behavior and understand other’s feelings through play. [6]

8. Produce Enjoyment

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

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, counting, ordering. [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 help to improve mathematical skill in early childhood.

10. Well-being Outcomes

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

11.  Play Promote the Independent Learning Skills

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

In conclusion: The above benefits of play show how play is important for child learning. In fact, the play is an important activity to increase social and emotional well-being. It is necessary for the healthier development of the child. Play helps to improve cognitive and not-cognitive skill such as confidence, creativity, mathematics, reading, and writing. The parents and school must provide the play opportunities for children to better development of constructive behavior and positive skills. The play is an easy and effective way to get high academic performance in early childhood.
  

[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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