Why is Play So Important for Children (and Adults)?
One of the most universally held beliefs among early childhood educators is that children learn best through play. Most educators speak about play with passion and unquestioned commitment. We know, and research tells us children learn through play.
What is Play Time?
But what is meant by the word play? From some people especially those who do not work in our sector, there is a common misconception that children are not learning if they are “just playing” and nothing could be further from the truth.
So, what is and isn’t play? Answers vary widely but put quite simply, by definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun but play is anything but trivial.
Why Is Play So Important for Children and Adults?
The work of psychiatrist Dr Stuart Brown who founded the play institute aligns perfectly with this philosophy. He shares that it is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. Play is essential to develop social skills and adult problem-solving skills.
Dr Brown suggests you are built to play and built through play. He explains that researchers have found that playing energizes you, lifts you out of the mundane, eases your burdens, renews your optimism, and opens you up to new possibilities.
There is a strong connection between the practice of play and the emotional and cognitive development of the brain. So not only will engaging in play (which could include physical activity or sports, a creative practice such as painting, or simply giggling with your child) improve your physical and emotional well-being, it can reinforce patterns in your brain and optimize the learning process.
Play is an activity where children show their remarkable ability for exploration, imagination and decision making. While play is often described as ‘children’s work’, it is intensely enjoyable for them and for adults too.
We believe play needs to be part of everyone’s day for true well-being.
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