5 IMPORTANCES OF PLAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN (PT4 & 5)
(Continue) 4. Play boosts gross motor skills.
Gross motor skill is the capability to make bigger movements involving the whole body. Examples of this are catching (ball), running, climbing, jumping, which is essential to physical development in children. “Developing these skills helps a child’s ability to do more complex skills in future activities, such as playing soccer with a team.” Instigating gross motor skill play activities on children support a healthier, fitter, stronger body and helps in self-reliance and confidence building.
5. Play teaches resilience.
Resilience is the capacity to pull through, bounce back and overcome difficulties. Play allows significant habits and practices for developing resilience. This is particularly true and noticeable in losing (a game), regaining composure, keeping temperance and so on. A study about resilience in children suggests that “it’s important to encourage kids to take healthy risks… Something that pushes a child to go outside of their comfort zone, but results in very little harm if they are unsuccessful. Examples include trying a new sport… Exercise helps strengthen the brain and make it more resilient to stress and adversity… bicycling, playing tag, or even just swinging at the playground… are all great ways for kids to engage in free play that… builds resilience.”
Play Matters! Allowing children to explore their environment with their peers through play lets them discover and learn new things about themselves which could help them later on in life.
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Source: (Angela Thayer, Gross Motor Skills (and why they are important!), Teaching Mama, https://teachingmama.org/gross-motor-skills-why-they-are-important/).
(Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids, PSYCOM, https://www.psycom.net/build-resilience-children).