The Role of Play
I came across this fantastic article by https://edithkorstanje.wordpress.com/ this afternoon. In it she points out, quite rightly, that we seem to have fallen into the trap of thinking of #play 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:
- 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.
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:
- Why Play is Important – raisingchildren.net.au
- The Role of Pretend Play in Children’s Cognitive Development – Early Childhood Research and Practice
- The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds – http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/
Video: “Play-based learning” What is it and why is it important?