5 IMPORTANCES OF PLAY FROM A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE (PT1)
Although the significance of play among children appears to be a common knowledge nowadays, thanks to numerous scientific studies and the ever-famous account “Play is the highest form of research” from renowned scientist Albert Einstein, its substance is still undeniably overlooked at by some if not most parents doubting its benefits on their kids.
I have listed 5 of the many advantages of play on children based on personal experience and observation from years of handling young learners.
Play improves social skills. Social skill refers to the way we interact, connect and associate ourselves with others. It is through play that conflicts, negotiations, resolutions and friendships happen. On many occasions during playtime, I have seen kids quarrel over the same toy to unimaginable extent. It is often through times like this that children learn to manage their emotion, overcome bad feelings and behave accordingly. Playtime teaches kids to share and is a great medium for training them to wait and take turns. But what about the only child in a bunch? This is why play is encouraged at home. “When you join in activities with your child you demonstrate to them that they are important to you, you enjoy spending time with them and you learn about your child. Interacting with your child… foster positive self-esteem which in turn can… set the foundation for good behaviour.”
Source: (Amy Gibson, THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY – SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN, https://drdina.ca/importance-of-play-social-development-in-children/).