Play and Learn
For young children, most of what they learn comes during playtime, in addition to structured educational activities. Studies have shown that young children see learning and play as one in the same – not separate activities. Perhaps the way they view the world and interact within it makes it this way because nearly everything a young child does is a new experience and an opportunity to learn.
During play, children not only improve and develop their motor skills as they race toy cars across the carpet, finger paint or perform an impromptu puppet show, they also develop the essential interpersonal skills which will help them excel during the rest of their lives.
Research shows that learning through play is an important part of a child’s development. Though ensuring your child has enough play time is a great benefit to families to allow their children to release some extra energy, a child begins to find out who they are through play, even during infancy. Even early in development, a child’s mind is expanding just by looking at their environment and taking in their surroundings.
Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills.