Most parents don’t get to understand that most of the time, children learn from playing. It will be a surprise to parents that at the age of three, children are still in the preparatory classes when they ought to have moved further to nursery classes. There is a simple reason to it, experienced educators; most of the times, see that children learn quickly through play. However, their mode of play is in two different ways. There is free play and guided play. Let’s look at why and how kids learn more from playful teaching methods.
Helps foster effective communication
Each time your child plays either alone or with other friends, there is a high tendency that the child is developing one important language or communication skill or the other. If a child plays alone, that child will narrate his action or talk to himself as he enjoys playing with his toys. But if the child is playing with others, they will communicate the purpose and organizational ideas among themselves.
Play develop social skills among kids
As children come together to play with themselves, they work towards a shared goal. Among them, one of the children will be the one to lead the play but will still learn to be conscious of others’ needs. Unknowing to them, through play, they learn to be assertive, corporate, negotiate, and share. Skills like this are vital for them because it gives them a better understanding of how to understand life than living or learning from a matured group.
Play helps children develop critical thinking and motor skills
Critical thinking among children is a form of a game that gives them the ability to analyze and sift through information when applying it to the context of the environment. Such play also helps children develop motor skills. Through play, they develop motor skills like running, throwing, pedaling, and so on. Some other skills, like writing, coloring, and buttoning, are also produced in the process.
Build confidence in them
One crucial thing that play first does in a child is to build their confidence. With confidence, they can take risks they do not know is harmful. However, as they grow, they see their parents as their security to protect and provide whatever that they want for them. At this stage, they also see their parents as their friends that they can play with, not until they come of age.
Plays bring out the creativity in children. For example, if a child tries to do something today, and he can achieve it. The next time he will want to try it, he would want to do better or take more risks believing he will do better, not knowing the first step could be by luck.
Children can learn a lot from play most especially if they have access to learning resources like toys, camera, or animations that comes to them by surprise.
As a parent, we mustn’t let our children play beyond our reach so they may not endanger themselves.