The powerful role of play – Education From a Different perspective

21. September 2016 Parenting 1
The powerful role of play – Education From a Different perspective

The Role of Play

I came across this fantastic article by this afternoon. In it she points out, quite rightly, that we seem to have fallen into the trap of thinking of time as wasted time for our kids. The role of play in children is that it allows them to use their creativity while developing their:

  • imagination;
  • dexterity; and
  • physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

Google Pittsburgh Game Room/Kitchen
Google Pittsburgh Game Room/Kitchen

Seeing the photos of the colorful offices made me annoyed in the sense that we seem do it all wrong: we are taking away play from our children and once they suffered through about seventeen years of schooling, we have to teach them how to play again in order to come up with creative ideas needed in offices like Google and Facebook, Dreamhost and Redbull.

I am all for Early Childhood Education, but not as a tool to start pumping children full of academic facts, subject them to a whole arsenal of tests and making them ‘mind’ starting at three years old.

I am convinced that children need to learn social concepts, like sharing and empathy, and they will learn this better when in a group. They will need to discover the world around them, feel, smell, taste, hear different things and learn about materials through their different senses. They will need to develop sense of space and belonging, and that generally works better in a group.

Play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child1.

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Further articles on the important role of play can be found via the links below:

Video: “Play-based learning” What is it and why is it important?

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