The Importance of PLAY FOR A CHILD

W hen it comes to playtime for all children we often forget that toys are just a tool to play. Toys and play products are secondary to play! To ensure a child benefit from play it will be a positive experience for all kids.

PLAY FOR A CHILD
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When children play, they promote their social competence and regulate their emotions. During play children can practice their verbal and nonverbal communication, body language, release of emotions and build self-confidence.

Playtime and Toy for children’s products also facilitate physical development by triggering and repeating the play response.

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Playing with others can also help children respond to their peers’ feelings, conflicts and points of view which all encourage emotional development.

Play: An Important Role in Physical Development

For the average person the concept of play is considered helpful in assisting a child to grow, learn, develop and thrive. What many don’t know is that play extremely helpful when it comes to physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Play: Gross Motor Skill Development

Exploration of environment such as playing on a playground is a way for children to advance their gross motor skills and improve their overall physical development. When a child is navigating a playground they are actually working on many gross motor skills without even knowing it. They are using coordination and large muscles to climb up the ladder and then slide down the slide. Agility and balance are used to walk across the balance beam.

Environment

Play happens in many different environments- living rooms, bedrooms, parties. For some children, it is a good idea to spend a little time to prepare the environment beforehand and/or provide structure for the play activity. Chaotic surroundings can overstimulate some kids and lead to negative behaviors. To keep children focused and the play experience enjoyable.

Tips for planning the play environment

Focus

Provide a space that is clear of clutter, noise and other distractions. Maybe you have a designated space in your house for playing with toys? It is easy to keep the TV on, but not everyone can filter out that background noise. Inattention and hyperactivity may already be heightened in your child so lessening distractions are really the key!

Organization

Organize the actual play product. Make sure the game has all of the pieces and the toy functions properly. Frustration can be triggered if the toy isn’t ready to go!

Rules of Play

This does not pertain to the actual rules of a given game, but “house” rules that apply to all during play time. Setting boundaries and limits provides structure during play and promotes independence for the child. These can include where and when to play (not during meals).  What is appropriate where (like throwing something inside the house), or other safety concerns.

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The Importance of Play

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength”  The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and emotional health.

Each child develops his gross motor at different ages and stages, but promoting play can assist the child to grow, learn, develop and thrive while mastering the milestones of physical development.

Article source: friendshipcircle.org