Children like to play. Play is essential for a child’s development and for learning life skills. It provides a natural, comfortable setting for young children to develop and learn. Froebel and Montessori have said that play is children’s work, but it is also adult work. Preschool must work to better understand the role of play in the lives of young children, and how to nurture and utilize play with children.
For example, when children are playing they lift objects, throw balls, place things on top of each other, feel textures by staying physical active. Play benefits children large/small muscles development, hand-eye coordination and their 5 senses. Emotional Growth is a big part when it comes to play because children start to develop positive self-concept. Children will also learn to express their emotions on different situations and understand other people emotions. One of the biggest benefits of play in emotional growth is children relief stress and anxiety through different activities.
According to these authors, when children are exposed to child-led play they “increase their social competence and emotional maturity…. verbal and nonverbal skills… respond to their peers’ feelings… experiment with roles”(SOURCE!!!!). They skills that a child can acquire through the simple act of playing are essential to their healthy development. Children can “increase their social competence and emotional maturity” by learning how to relieve stress and cope with their feeling while playing. For example, a young child may learn that when they are sad, they can play with their toys in such a way that d... ... middle of paper ... ...velop gross motor skills by learning to crawl, then walk, then run.
Second, play supports children’s reasoning of cause and effect. Under teachers’ mediations, children cultivate their interests to learn language. Third, play with pleasure is th... ... middle of paper ... ...performance will benefit them later in life. Play environments give children many and varied life experiences. Active involvements and interactions with peers and adults give young children opportunity to learn and communicate more.
It is important for caregivers to encourage children while playing, without any limitation of a rule set by adults. 3. Functions of play In early stage of child development, play frequently reinforces the child's physical and cognitive development. • Physical development. By repeating certain body movements, children can learn how to control their body.
Play helps equip children for what life may throw at them. Children are born to be actively engaged and explore the world with their own eyes. Through play children learn what it means to fail in life as well as what it means to accomplish a goal. Play is not only a strategy to keep children entertained in early childhood, but also allows children to learn how to create and work together at an early stage. Children at play has been undervalued by society without realizing that “playfulness is that benign base on which the most valuable worlds of children can be successfully built (Iakov, 2012, p. 25),” meaning that play is a fundamental strategy that assist children to develop experiences for the future.
Play is a very important part of a child’s social and cognitive developmental process. It is an entertaining way that will help children learn, engage in new experiences, gain self-confidence and mature emotionally while still keeping their attention. It is a way for children to use their creativity while building their imagination, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. It is how early aged children begin to interact with the world and engage within the environment around them. Having an early aged child involved in play education is very beneficial for their developmental processes.
Through play they can develop physically by testing their balance systems, judging distances, and hand-eye coordination. The development of a child also refers to the maturing of a child to a higher level of learning. This can include the structure as well as the content of which educators realize can contribute to a child’s development (Scarlett, 2005). Observing child play, adults should be attentive how children react to their learning experience. A child may need guidance or encouragement from an adult to engage in play through extending play, parallel play, co-play or play tutoring.
When children participate in play they are engaging in collaboration, communication, content, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence. This can also be described as “the Six Cs” (Gillespie, 2017). These are skills that young children will need in adulthood and they are developing them through play. When students are engaging in play, they are developing physical, mental, cognitive, language, and motor skills. Playing allows students to use their imagination and creativity.
At the age of 2 to 3, children tend to explore more as well as investigating the environment and then this will be a guidance into play and most of the time social play is where children have interactions between themselves or between others children and educators. With social play, children gain social skills and pro social skills. For examples, children will try to find other children to play with, detect and agrees differences in others, contributes as fellows in a group or even they will work unitedly with others to finish task. Social development includes in the acquiring of values and understanding and thus helping children to contribute positively to the family, school and community. Moreover, children are more developed by social play, that is, it helps them to train more of the oral and non-verbal communication by exchanging roles.