Importance of Play in Child Development
One of the greatest memories we should hold in our lives should be from our childhood days. This is because, we could get away with some of the craziest things simply because we were children! I bet if right now any of us could go outside and walk around with different shoes, or walk with mad all over our clothes, people will think us crazy.
Where am I going with all these? I believe that children should be allowed to grow without any interferences from anybody. One way we could do this is allow them to play. Ever wondered what role play has in our lives and those of our children?
Play is an essential and critical part of all children's development. It starts in the life of a child from infancy and continues even as the child develops. Play has many advantages to a child; it helps the child psychologically, physically and also emotionally.
Emotionally, Play helps the child to bond with the mother and learn how to work with other children in groups. Physically, it helps the child develop limps and become strong. They are able to use their forelimbs and arms and legs to play and thus they grow up strong! Psychologically, it helps the child’s brain to develop during the first few years of his life. This is because it helps the child to learn how to communicate emotions, engage in problem solving and to imagine which in turn helps the child to be creative.
Research shows that 75 percent of brain development occurs after birth. Play helps with this development by stimulating the brain through the formation of connections between nerve cells. Isn’t this great? Education is not the only brain feeder after all! It is also important to know that play is divided into many types. There is manipulative play, creative play, and co-operative play. Manipulative play helps the child to use the limbs through playing games such as ball throwing and innocent arm wrestling, Creative play helps the child to use their imagination through coming up with their own improvised games and they also experiment with languages and emotion- which could also be called Fantasy play while Co-operative play is where the child begins to learn all about rules. They also begin to play in groups and learn how to follow the leaders chosen in these games. Some of these games include, follow the leader, Simon says and Mathew Mathew, John John which teaches a child concentration. This type of play teaches children the concept that life has rules which we must follow. It is important therefore to note that children’s well being is also dependant on play and therefore they should engage in it in order to develop properly.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. Allow your child to go out and play. Yes, they may get hurt a few times, but the benefits far outrun the disadvantages that comes with play. Children get to learn new stuff, to interact with others, to be creative and come up with new things and to even follow rules which will help you in the house when you have rules of your own that you want followed! Isn’t this great.
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