Why Learning Through Play is Important for Children

It’s been found that children do not differentiate between play and learning.  This can be especially meaningful in daycare situations where a significant part of the day is set aside for play.  To find out why learning through play is important for children, we’ve come up with a list of skills that can be affected by a child’s play.


Language


When playing with other people, children end up practicing their language skills without even realizing it.  Whether dealing with children or adults, language will play an important role in creating scenarios, setting boundaries and describing the situation in front of them.  Because there’s no pressure involved, language practice is made easy and stress free.


Imagination


A lot of playtime scenarios for children involve the use of the imagination.  This allows them to see their world from different viewpoints, conceptualize new possibilities and exercise their creative processes.  Ultimately this helps children envision scenarios that they aren’t physically involved in and allows them to develop skills to help solve problems and feel empathy for others.


Socialization


Playing with other children is inherently social.  This interaction with others promotes cooperation and feelings of empathy.  It also helps a child to listen, observe and share while learning how to express themselves effectively.  Social skills such as conflict resolution are often practiced when children play together.


Motor Skills


When a child is involved in physical play they learn how the world around them reacts to their physical motions.  This allows them to sharpen their motor skills and learn how to control their body parts. Physical play improves a child’s sensory perception and coordination.


Independence


When a child is at play they’re the one’s in control of their immediate situation.  This can foster the ability to think for themselves, function independently and employ self-determination.  Play allows a child to build their self-esteem by exploring possibilities that they’ve come up with themselves.  


Decision Making


When children are involved in imaginative play they’re usually making up the rules as they go along.  This constant decision making helps them develop their ability to make a choice and observe the results.  By dealing with the consequences of their decisions the child is able to learn how to make better choices.

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