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Parent Blog

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Play is the way children learn about themselves and the world. Through play, they learn to get along with others, sort out conflicts, practice language skills, and develop small (fine) and large (gross) motor skills. In addition, play encourages independence, self-esteem, and creativity!

“A wonderful cycle of learning is driven by the pleasures of play. A child is curious; she explores and discovers. The discovery brings pleasure; the pleasure leads to repetition and practice. Practice brings mastery; mastery brings the pleasure and confidence to once again act on curiosity. All learning—emotional, social, motor, and cognitive—is accelerated and facilitated by repetition fueled by the pleasure of play.”
–Copple and Bredekamp, 2009 

Here are just a few of the benefits of play:

  • Play is essential for healthy brain development
  • Play sparks creativity and curiosity
  • Play is critical for expanding cognitive, language, social-emotional, and motor skills
  • Play is relevant and meaningful to the child
  • Play facilitiates productive and appropriate social interactions with peers and adults
  • Play is a dynamic process
  • Play experiences provide learning opportunities
  • Play helps children gain a better understanding of the world around them
  • Through play, children learn how to learn
  • Play enhances problem solving skills
  • Play is intrinsically motivating
  • Play enhances a child’s ability to concentrate
  • Play helps children learn to deal with frustration
  • Play fosters spontaneity and independence
  • Through play, children discover, interact, absorb, experience, create, explore, and learn
  • Play allows young children the opportunity to practice new skills
  • Play offers children a variety of opportunities for testing boundaries and exploring risks
  • Play provides children with opportunties to make choices and exercise control over their actions
  • Play provides sensory rich experiences
  • Play fosters self-esteem
  • Play is fun

So turn off the screens and pull out your favorite board game or that deck of cards that’s at the bottom of the toy box. Throw a sheet over the table to make a cozy tent. Put on a talent show or play in your living room. Play hide and seek with the little ones and charades with the older kids.

Information provided by "The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention"