Children Learn Through Play

Play affects all aspects of the child’s development: how they develop physically, emotionally, socially and in their thinking.

Learning through play invites young children to explore, examine, question, predict, test, investigate and manipulate.

Through play, learning is different for every child because every child is learning at his own pace, learning in his own style, and guided by his own interests.

The best way to evaluate play is to observe children in action and then reflect on how their play is empowering them to reach learning goals and outcomes.

Through the process of play, children engage in learning about the world by constructing knowledge through interaction with the people and the things around them (Chaille & Silvern, 1996).

As parents, we are the biggest supporters of our children’s learning. We need to make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development. Play provides learning opportunities and gives children success and self-esteem.

Preschoolers need opportunities to play, learning centers to explore and adults to support their learning. Learning Centers prepare children not only to become students who will work with others cooperatively and approach learning with joy, but also happier people who will not lose their love of play.

Play is an enjoyable experience for all children. Children of all ages can spend many hours participating in play activities because play supports their understanding of their social environment and facilitates their efforts to build a realistic sense of self (Spodek & Saracho, 1994).

When children are learning and playing with joy they develop a positive approach to learning.

Suggested Links

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Importance of Play in Early Childhood

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