“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” - O Fred Donaldson
The quote summarises how important play is to childhood. A research by Smilansky and Shefatya (1990) found that school success largely depends on children’s ability to interact positively with their peers and adults. Play teaches children how to win or succeed in their efforts through interacting, planning, implementing and focussing on tasks. Play benefits children in various ways like helping in their social development, fine and gross motor development, and body awareness, such as learning to use a writing tool. Active play helps to build or maintain energy, joint flexibility, and muscular strength (Majure, 1995). Creative thought, an aspect of problem solving, also has its roots in play. Integrating play in school routine helps children adjust to the school setting and also enhances their learning readiness, behaviour, and analytical skills.
As a parent, playing can be a great way of engaging and connecting with your children. It ensures that you spend quality time with your child, strengthening the relationship further.
To know more about how significant play is to the overall development of the child, flip through our ClipBook on ‘Importance of Play for Children’ by our partner, Medall.
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