Growth Hack #12: How Playing Can Become an Effective Learning Tool for Kids

play and education

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein

By the books, play is what children and young people do when they follow their imagination, ideas and interests, in their own free will and for their own fulfillment.

Play time gives our kids the space and time that they need in order to explore new ideas and enjoy, an opportunity to socialize and meet new friends, to be physically active and be healthy at the same time, to learn new things and get an informal education.

Play and Physical Fitness

Play teaches kids the value of physical fitness and healthy living. They begin to develop muscle strength and body coordination whenever they play active games that involve sprint, jump and hops. Kids who play in the playground practice their muscle strength, body, space, direction, and movements. These important skills are vital on developing fine motor skills and visual perception.

Play and Vocabulary Practice

When kids play, they learn to expand their vocabulary whenever they talk to you (the parent) or to his or her playmates. They learn to express their thoughts through language that you and the kids understand. Kids can learn language and literacy when they play with toys and picture-rich materials such as coloring books and spelling books.

Play and Self Esteem / Confidence

Whenever a kid solves a puzzle or masters a new skill to complete such play, they become more confident. Even if the play is repetitive, kids become more confident on figuring out how things work together – pushing buttons, shapes and boxes etc. Kids who play learn how to imitate solutions that they believe could answer their task.

Play and Math Problem Solving Skills

Kids who play are more likely to be put on math related problems. From board games, cooking and baking to game scores and important measurement involved in a game. Singing counting songs can also help in kids’ math skills development.

Play and Creativity

Dress-up and role plays allow kids to think of their best costume and props for the play using their own imagination and creativity.

Play and Character Development

Play teaches kids respect – from listening to talking, to following game rules and listening to his or her playmates opinion in relation to the game. In competitive play, kids learn the importance of sportsmanship and understand winning and losing.

In Summary

Play is an important part of everyone’s childhood, it gives your kid unforgettable memories and it can also contribute to your kid’s growth. You can let our kids play on your backyard or you can also opt on wide variety of after school activities that your kids can enroll in.

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