When children play with each other they develop all their senses. They practice their speech and listening skills and help to develop their non-verbal communication skills. They develop social skills and prepare themselves for the adult world. During play children practice negotiation, reasoning, rapport building, empathy, conflict resolution, negotiation skills and the ability to read people. This has a positive effect on a child’s confidence and their ability to handle stressful situations. Play also encourages creative development. By playing with other children, parents or on their own, children use their imagination to create make believe scenarios that stimulate their creativity.
You can have organised play or free play and children should get a chance to participate in both types of play on a regular basis. Organised play includes sports, games, dance, gymnastics, painting and activities such as cooking. Free play is where children have access to things in their environment and use their imagination to play. This can include creating things out of inanimate objects, dress ups, dancing, building blocks and drawing and craft. By exposing children to both types of play you help to develop a well-rounded adult who is emotionally able to cope with all life situations. To learn more about developing a playground that stimulates outdoor play contact www.playpoles.com.au