The Importance of Play in a Child´s Development

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In this article, the authors discuss how play influences a child's development in multiple areas.The article begins introducing how play influences the development of a child's social and emotional status; play well with others and learning to cope with feelings,. Then the author transitions into how physical development is also fostered through play. This is done through recess and physical activity where children have the opportunity to be in engaged in play that develops their fine and gross motor skills. Lastly, The author discusses how play also fosters creative development while simultaneously developing physically, socially, and emotionally. This creative development is believed to be developed by the use of a child’s imagination and role playing. The primary thesis discusses the link between child-led play and the normal, healthy development of children. This article begins by discussing the relationship between play and social/emotional development. A child’s emotional development is vital to developing into a healthy adult that can deal with all the stress and hectic lifestyle that accompanies life in today’s society. 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. By doing this, they are developing their large muscles that they gain more control over, this happens purely by playing with their peers or family in any way that pleases them. Finally, the author discusses how “play helps them build or maintain energy, joint flexibility, and muscular strength”. This happens by any type of play that gets a child moving and challenges him or her to do more. This is the type of play and development that can help influence how they are as adults. If a child learns how to participate in active play to maintain a helathy body, he or she will more than likely continue to display these characteristics as adults. Works Cited Excerpt from Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning Preschool Through Fourth Grade, by J.P. Isenberg, M. R. Jalongo, 2006 edition, p. 53-55.

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