At Smart Start Big, we believe that play is an important part of early child education.
Not all parents realize it, but play is a necessary part of childhood. Play is about so much more than just getting energy out and having fun. Play actually has a huge impact on all areas of child development, especially learning, and that is why we make it a point to allow kids to play as they learn. The following is your guide to understanding how play impacts a child’s development:
Play is a huge part of a child’s cognitive development, as it teaches abstract thought, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, empathy, social cognition and so much more. When a child is at play, they are using their brain in a whole new way.
Whether a child is playing house with a friend or telling a story around the camp fire, they are having a blast while building communication skills and a vocabulary.
Children tend to have short attention spans most of the time, but when they are at play, they are focused on the task at hand more than anything else. Play teaches children how to be persistent and concentrate.
Play is a vital part of social development. It not only teaches a child how to meet friends and build relationship, it also encourage conflict resolution, leadership skill, cooperation, turn-taking and sharing.
Children are their most physically active when they are at play, but it does more than just keeps them healthy. Play helps to develop both fine motor and gross motor skills, it also allows children to face physical challenges and develop the skills to help themselves through it.
Want to learn more about how play impacts a child’s development? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help!