Studies have proved that playing (mental as well as physical games) are important for the development of the children. It is not going to be
just the studies that will take them far.
Starting from the very first class that your children or even you have attended, do you remember that everything was taught to you in the form of a play? All the early childhood methodologies developed so far have described in details the importance of play in the role of learning and development.
Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel was the father of the kindergarten system. This system encourages fun and play based learning. Froebel characterized play as the work of childhood and described it as “the purest, the most spiritual, and product of man at this stage.” His methods are used widely over the world for teaching children.
Here are the top benefits of letting your children play:
1. Help socializing
While playing with other children, they learn to share and talk in a group. They learn to convince others and also learn to accept others point of view. All through play..
2. Physical development
Moving a little more help simulate blood flow and release energy. Especially when the kids play outdoors, their energy gets spent and thus improves their diet and sleep too. The stretches, jumps and bends that they do unintentionally help in their growth and flexibility.
3. Mental developments
Solving puzzles, playing brain games or even a simple game like hide-and-seek could trigger their brains to think creative.
4. Emotional development
Loosing and accepting the defeat, getting angry and then controlling the anger, consoling a crying mate, being sober with wins and much more of the play therapy, are the emotional intelligence practical that the kids learn naturally during plays.
As quoted by Mr. Fred Rogers, “PLAY is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning…. But for children, play is serious learning.”
There is immense knowledge that children obtain while learning. They learn the importance of timing, they learn remembering and so much more.
So before you want to stop your children to play, think again.