Importance Of Play

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The Importance of Play Gillespie’s article “It’s Never Just Play!” talks about the importance of children’s play in learning and developing (Gillespie, 2016, p. 92-94). It does this by supplying and examining a scenario of child led play. In the scenario three toddlers reenact a typical naptime in their classroom (Gillespie, 2016, p. 92). Thoroughly examining this scenario during free play Gillespie lays out how the children are developing the six Cs, which is a list of six skills needed to succeed as an adult in the 21st Century (Gillespie, 2016, p. 92-94). The six Cs consist of collaboration, communication, content, creative innovation, critical thinking, and confidence (Gillespie, 2016, p. 92-94). Play time is a great and effective time for learning, because the child is in control of this time and is shaping the experience themselves, so the child remembers it better (Gillespie, 2016, p. 94). As a child learns and grows they come to make sense of their world by enacting what they see through their play (Gillespie, 2016, p. 94). During free play they have the opportunity to learn many important things such as how to get along, delay gratification, solve problems, build confidence, communicate, make decisions, and think, all of which are valuable life lessons (Gillespie, 2016, p. 94). In short, free play is not a time of mindless fun, rather it is a time for children to learn and grow, so never be afraid that you are wasting your time on free play. Examining the six Cs we can see how they are shown in play and their importance in life. To start with, collaboration, the ability to work towards a goal with others, is vital for any work setting and group project, without this ability you cannot properly function as an adult (Gill... ... middle of paper ... that they will have the best opportunity for play. To have a good opportunity for play toys must not only be geared toward their developmental stage and the things they are learning/working on, but they must also be safe and interesting to a child. When picking toys for infants and children they do not always have to be the newest or most flashy thing, simple things we may not even think of as toys can be very useful and interesting to children and will help them use their imaginations. Lastly, it is important that as a teacher you encourage and go along with such forms of play. These are just a few of many possible ways to help engage your children in vital and exciting opportunities for of learning. Gillespie, L. (2016). It’s Never “Just Play”! Young Children Journal, 71, 92-94. Retrieved from

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