Understanding How Children Grow Through Play


Understanding How Children Grow Through Play
Children love playing! Every spare minute they have, they just want to play. Play is vital in every child’s life. It is helpful to the growth and development of children in so many diverse ways. As children play, they learn how to get along with others, how to solve problems as well as how to develop some skills that can only come through play.
Play in a child helps do the following:
Develops cognitive concepts – This development helps the children learn how to solve problems. They also learn how to identify and recognize different colors, sizes, shapes and numbers. They learn to tell the difference between things even though they are closely related. Cognitive development teaches the children to enhance their memory skills and their attention.
Develops physical skills – Physical skills are vital to a child as they teach them how to reach, grasp, crawl, run, balance, climb, etc. Fine physical skills develop as the child handles small toys.
Develops language skills – As a child plays and interacts with others, they begin to develop language skills. Playing with other children and with the parents builds the language skills pretty fast.
Develops social skills – Social skills are great when a child learns them early enough. Learning to cooperate, negotiate and play games by the rules is vital in the growth of a child.
All these skills grow as the child develops. The parent or the guardian is supposed to support these developments by being there for the child and providing the right atmosphere.
What is the role of a parent in a child’s play life?
Parents are the first and best playmates for their children! With that said, parents obviously have a big role to play in their children’s learning through play. Naturally, children tend to be more creative when their parents are involved in their play. The best time the child enjoys to play is when a grownup is alongside them.
Becoming an active part of your child’s development through play demands spending quality time with them every day. It may take practice but it is vital. Learning to join your child in their play time takes consistency and discipline. You can start by:
Observing what your child is doing and closely learning your part in it
Becoming aware of your children’s favourite activities
Joining in and playing with your child so that they know you are interested in them
Allowing your child to be control and determine the direction of the play

Becoming creative and letting go of every adult ideas
Using different toys in different ways and letting it amaze your little one
Why would it be important to allow play in a classroom?
Play is not just meant to be outside the classroom but inside too. Children get to enjoy the classroom as well as outside. They learn to work with others as individuals as well as teams early in life. Allowing classroom play helps the children sharpen their skills instead of make them dull as most people think. It’s time schools allowed classroom play and bought the appropriate toys to keep these children developing.

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