PLAY IS OFTEN A FORGOTTEN PART OF BRAIN DEVELOPMENT FOR CHILDREN BUT WHEN WE DELVE INTO THE SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BEHIND PLAY, IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCK FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE COOPED UP AT HOME DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.
You’ve often heard the phrase ‘learning through play’ but what does that really encompass? It means your child learns—even when it may seem like all they are doing is throwing a ball, squishing some dough, or pretending to make the same meal over, and over, and over again with their pretend kitchen in their pretend restaurant.
Learning through play allows children to develop crucial social skillsets and fundamental developmental growth such as cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.Through the simple or complex game they role-play as they try to understand the world around them, they learn about trial and error, mirroring, exploration, dexterity, decision-making, interest-building, self-advocacy, creativity, wonder, and joy…
Read this article by Racheal Kwacz on Calibre’s July 2020 Issue.