Why is play important?
All children learn through meaningful relationships, interactions and experiences. Creating meaningful play experiences for our children is one of the ways we can help them to foster a natural curiosity and interest in the world around them. Children need plenty of time and space in order to create their own meaningful play experiences. Growing their natural curiosity around their environment will encourage our children to reach out and seek new information about interests, objects and situations they come across.
Children play for different reasons. Sometimes they are exploring or learning new things. At other times they are consolidating existing learning or practising a skill. Parents also need to know more about why play is unavoidable thing for the growth of Children.Play can also be a way of building or strengthening a relationship. Children often play simply for fun and enjoyment. They bring their own interpretations of situations, events, experiences, and expectations to their play. Playing is the way children find out who they are in this world, their likes and dislikes, what excites them and all the different ways they prefer to learn. Having the time and space to play is crucial for every child’s growth and development as an individual being.
Sometimes giving children time to play can be overlooked by filling their time with extra curriculum activities, lessons and events. Although these things can provide the child a new skill or particular area of knowledge, if the child has not been given the time to find their own interests and their own ideas about themselves, how will they be confident in who they are as an adult in our world.
It has been said time and again that children learn best through play. Yet many preschools have found it difficult to implement this. But EtonHouse International Preschool Bahrain, says “Play it Again”, Play is not just a fun way to learn, it also develops social and cognitive skills.