Play Essay

355 WordsFeb 10, 20142 Pages
Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development—it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. Play “paves the way for learning For example, block building and sand and water play lay the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and cognitive problem solving8. Rough-and-tumble play develops social and emotional self-regulation9 and may be particularly important in the development of social competence in boys10. Play fosters creativity and flexibility in thinking. There is no right or wrong way to do things; there are many possibilities in play—a chair can be a car or a boat, a house or a bed. Pretend play fosters communication, developing conversational skills, turn taking, perspective taking and the skills of social problem solving—persuading, negotiating, compromising, and cooperating. It requires complex communication skills: children must be able to communicate and understand the message, “this is play“. As they develop skill in pretend play, they begin to converse on many levels at once, becoming actors, directors, narrators, and audience, slipping in and out of multiple roles. In play, children learn by combining their ideas, impressions, and intuitions with experiences and opinions. They create ideas about their world and share them with one another. They establish a culture and a social world with their peers. Play allows children to make sense—and sometimes nonsense—of their experiences and discover the intimacy and joy of friendship. When it is self-directed, play leads to feelings of competence and self-confidence. The processes of play and learning stimulate one another in early childhood—there are dimensions of learning in play and dimensions of play in learning Children don’t play in order to learn, although they are learning while they

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