The Importance Of Play

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From the readings this week and observing children interacting in different settings, I learned that play is a vital aspect of childhood. From play children learn about themselves, they learn social skills, problem-solving skills and get somewhat of an understanding of life. The play is also beneficial it teaches children to make choices and to conform to social norms. According to Cook; Klein; Chen; (2012) when it comes to “promoting social and emotional development” it helps kids to become more emotionally secure and develop a healthy “sense of self” (Cook, Klein, & Chen, 2012, p. 193). Upon my observation of the father and his ten months old I noticed that there was an attachment whenever he would put her down or attempt to walk away to…show more content…
Over the years, I have thought that play helped children learn, compared to another teacher I worked with many years ago I will never forget that experience. She felt that children needed to do work all the time, they were only able to play when they finished their assignments. I always thought that it only made them act out more when they weren’t able to explore their environment. For me, it was very frustrating to have to do what she asked me to do because I was her assistant whenever she took a day off I made sure to let the kids explore, and they were able to express themselves and use their…show more content…
Without play, children will not be able to acquire different concepts on their own. Without play, children won’t know how to live in the real world, be able to interact in society as they get older because they are not able to interact with peers and explore their surrounding. There are different types of play, which each child will part take in each one at some
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