The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Essay

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Essay on The Importance of Play in Children's Learning Each child loves to play and through play, young children worldwide develop physical, social, mental, and emotional skills. It is through play that children become to understand their world better, explore their environment, investigate, experiment, imagine, learn to talk, and many more attributes which contributes to a child's developing world as a whole. In a country with diverse culture, ethnic, and social groups such as New Zealand, children often communicate through play and interaction with peers, caregivers, family, and whānau. To incorporate play in any early years programme, will enhance the development of young learners to such an extent that they will grow into able and inquisitive learners. To define play, is not an easy task. However, Else reviewed play as a process which is freely chosen by the player, personally directed, and engaged in for its own sake (Else, 2009). Children gain tremendous satisfaction from play; they are intrinsically motivated by it. Play is the dominant activity of children and the way children play has an impact on their development. Children at play decide what to play, how to play and which props to use to fulfil their play activity. There are many forms of play - physical (running, jumping), symbolic (make believe play, pretend to be a policeman), creative (drawing, dancing), and rule governed (board games, card games) to name a few. Children indulge in different kinds of play and all these play activities support a different learning experience. For instance: when a child drapes a towel around his shoulder and pretend he is superman, he creates an imaginative world of his own in which he interacts with others within his play. He becomes the superhero and 'saves' people (his teddies) from evil. This activity enhances his social and emotional

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