What is the significance of play and how do your children benefit?
The benefits of play are endless, there are two types of play for children, organised and free play. Children’s brains and physical abilities are developed when they play in a creative environment. This article explains how children can benefit from playing and gain social skills which help them to adapt as they grow into adults.
When children are playing together they develop all of their senses. They practice their speech and listening skills and help to develop their non-verbal communication skills. Their social skills develop and this prepares them for the adult world. Other benefits of play are that children practice communication, 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. When socialising 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 or free play and children should get a chance to participate in both types of playing on a regular basis.
Organised play includes outdoor playgrounds which have rope courses, climbing frames, swings & slides.
Other organised play can be 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 which can also include outdoor playgrounds that have sandpits or offer water play.
They can create 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 of life’s situations.