Come children, let’s play
So it is a few days into the winter holidays and already the children are bored. At this rate, it would be a very long couple of weeks. Ideally, their learning process should not be put on pause just because of the holidays. Their mental development can be continued while they play.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
– Fred Rogers.
Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. All babies/children learn through play. Play challenges children’s minds and helps them understand the world around them. As children invest time and energy in play, and there are opportunities for learning when they do play, there seems to be a need for play.
In Play; children engage in problem solving, test out ideas, ask questions, and build understandings. In particular, certain educational toys foster skills such as problem solving. Allowing children to direct their own play helps them to be more self-sufficient and resilient.
Child development is a process every child goes through. It is a continuous process with a predictable sequence yet having a unique course for every child. Play helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities. And it helps to feel good about themselves. Because it is fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing. In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate.
Play is one of the main ways in which children learn. As much as possible, give children the freedom to play and learn. For the future generations, in addition to education, experience is a key part of setting them up for their life ahead.