The Powerful Lessons of Play
One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that children’s play and learning are two different things. In fact, children learn much from the process of play that will help them later in both academics and life.
Play helps to build self-worth when a child understands what she is capable of doing on her own. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing and creating. Play is how they explore, make sense of the world, build relationships and express their curiosity.
Young children develop a range of skills through play, including:
- Emotional regulation
- Empathy and connection to others
- Problem solving
- Language development
- Physical development, balance and spatial awareness
These are important skills that build a strong foundation for when they enter preschool, kindergarten and in the future. So, “child’s play” is actually a very meaningful activity, especially when children are given choice and freedom over their playtime and are active participants in their own learning.