Many of us remembers our childhood fondly. Those days where we had no worries and could just play and play to our heart’s content. And we all want those same experiences for our children, but it seems like sometimes the basics of the game get left behind with new technology, and new, passive children’s entertainment. With the influx of new toys with bigger and better technology, it’s important that the essential elements of “play” don’t get lost among them. Toys that call for active uses of the imagination are still crucial.
And though we may be trying to make our kids geniuses by teaching them a new language or sports, it’s important, to begin with, the basics. After all, you can’t learn to read before you learn the alphabet, and it’s the same with play. Playing teaches kids the basics, and helps them grow and learn to be better people.
How children benefit from playing
Improving Children’s Health And Co-Operation With Each Other
We all know that playing a sport is healthy. Organized sports can teach children discipline, competitiveness, and give them an understanding of how teamwork can benefit everyone. But before they can run, they must learn to walk. They learn the basics of sports through play.This includes such things as running outside, playing hide and seek, or even hopscotch.
Enhances Creativity And Imagination
The play also helps develop a child’s creativity and imagination as they create their universe. This can have many benefits, including allowing them to explore their interests (and potential career paths). For example, they could play “school” and be the teacher, or they could use their stuffed lions and tigers to help them pretend to be a researching studying the jungle.
The play is also educational, and as has been previously touched on a little, can also build social skills. For example, it’s educational because a child playing with a stuffed tiger is learning about the real animal’s habitat, diet, and characteristics. And social skills can be developed when children play these imaginative games together. They have to learn how to agree on what they are playing, teaching them the art of compromise, and how to create an imaginative world that they can all share. They learn that it’s important to depend on others. For example, when it comes to jumping rope, two kids have to hold the rope before another can jump.