When a child plays outside at the playground, they get to explore their physical capabilities in new ways without the restrictions of indoor play. They can sing, jump, skip, climb and enjoy the simple pleasures of being a child without the distractions of TV or computers. As they have fun and play, they’ll learn a lot about other children, themselves and the world around them.
A multitude of studies on the concept of childhood play all confirm the same critical fact — play is an essential aspect of learning. Here’s an overview of the reasons kids need to play.
excellent setting for playing make-believe, for example, and allows children to build creativity and social skills. For instance, a child could pretend a tree is a giant in their magical world, and act out an entire story without needing anything else but their imagination and a playmate.
A child’s curiosity is the only fuel they need to play. As a child grows, their play becomes more complex. Children who lack exposure to play may end up having a stunted ability to develop and learn. Just as eating and sleeping are essential to a child’s health, so too is play.