“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist
We all are aware that playing is an important part of childhood and that children learn through play. Previously, we have spoken about the benefits of play and what parents need to remember while playing with their children to get them to play more.
Parents know that play is how children make sense of the world around them. It actively engages children and is universal in its nature. Today, in this article, we will explore developmental benefits of play.
Dr Louise Porter’s book, Young Children’s Behaviour: Guidance Approaches for Early Childhood Educators, lists developmental benefits of play. Dr Louise is a child psychologist with over thirty years of both private practice and teaching experience.
Here is how play influences children’s development by giving context to learning.
Play plays a gigantic role in any child’s development. Parents can use this understanding to encourage the child to play more. You can also create a playroom for your child that allows them to engage in free-play. Parents should also note that the child may not want to play all the time, and that is okay too.
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Porter, L. (2020). Young Children’s Behaviour: Guidance Approaches for Early Childhood Educators. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.
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