10 things every parent should know about play

10 things every parent should know about play - EduMEE

 As parents, we are always looking for the best ways to help our kids grow and develop. We want them to have the best start possible. Part of that is helping them discover their passions, interests, and natural abilities. Playtime is a great opportunity for kids to use their imagination and get creative.

Yet, there are so many different opinions on how parents should deal with play. Should you steer them in the right direction as they play? Only letting them have access to games and toys that are educational. Or should you be their friend and partner in crime when it comes to goofing off with your kid?

Truth is, both of these things are important. In this post we’ll cover 10 things every parent should know about play:

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1. Play is Essential to Healthy Brain Development

The way kids play is actually very important for their development and ability to learn. Brains developed at a rapid pace the first three years of life. Now children learn to walk, talk, and more. During this time, play is vital for healthy brain development. It is best to let them free play and explore on their terms. This type of play will give them the most benefits.
You have to consider the ages and stages of each individual child. Children during the first six years are very sensitive to their environment. They learn to connect and interact with their families, friends, and the world around them. The way they do this is through play. Play allows them to form ideas and values. It gives them a chance to practice communication and response to different situations.

2. Play Helps Children Learn Empathy and Build Bonds

During play, children are pretending to be other people, animals, and characters. They are practicing their language, motor, and social skills. While kids are playing, they can feel empathy for the people or animals they are pretending to be.
They may even use their own feelings and apply them to the pretend situation. For example, if a child pretends to be a scared spider. They may feel afraid and startled at times, but they learn how to cope and respond. This can help them learn to be empathetic and understand how others are feeling too.
As children play, they are using their imaginations to create a whole new world for them to explore and grow in. This can help them to connect with their peers and form strong bonds.

3. Play Helps kids discover their passions and interests

As kids play, they are learning about the world. They are trying to make sense of it through their own interests, likes, and dislikes. Kids are curious and want to explore their surroundings. While playing, they are trying to figure out the world around them. They are looking for patterns, sounds, and images that make sense to them in their play. As kids play, they are discovering what they like and don’t like. What they are passionate about and what they think is important. Their interests and curiosity can give you clues about their possible future direction.


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  1. Children learn through their play. Play is a crucial element in a child’s development, and should not be underestimated. Play provides the perfect opportunity for children to improve their cognitive skills, physical abilities, vocabulary, social skills and literacy skills.
  2. Play is healthy. Play is vital for children’s growth and development. Play helps combat obesity issues by providing kids with the physical activity they need to grow healthy and strong.
  3. Play reduces stress. Play is your body’s natural way to reduce stress and grow. It provides kids with an outlet for their anxiety and stress, while also giving them a chance to explore and discover their world.
  4. Play is more than meets the eye. Play is more than just a way to enjoy yourself. It is a way for children to learn, explore and grow. Play can be formal or informal, and it’s important for all stages of childhood development. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, and the need for recess in school.
  5. Make time for play. Make time for play! As parents, you are the biggest supporter of your children’s learning and growth. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development.
  6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Play is the child’s lab, and learning goes hand-in-hand. They are not separate activities, but two ways of interacting with your environment. This means that playtime can be used to learn about the world around you, while being an enjoyable experience.
  7. Play outside. Play outside! Remember all the good times you had building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter—or even just playing with other children in your neighborhood. Make sure your own kids are creating outdoor memories too.
  8. There’s a lot to learn about play. There’s a ton of information about the importance of play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books on the subject. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is a great resource to learn more.
  9. Trust your own playful instincts. Toys are not just for kids. We all need to play. Play is good for our brains, our bodies and our relationships. So give your children time for play and see what they are capable of achieving when given the opportunity.
  10. Play is a child’s context for learning. Play is a child’s way of learning. They practice and reinforce their learning in different areas during play. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks.
  11. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem. I hope this article, 10 things every parent should know about play inspires parents to encourage their children to enjoy learning through play!

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