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Benefits of play and what children learn from play?

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Playful learning (free play and guided play—together)—are pedagogical(relating to teaching) tools through which Children can learn in in many ways.

Science of learning identified four key ingredients of successful learning:

  1. learning occurs best when children are mentally active (not passive), 
  2. engaged (not distracted), 
  3. socially interactive (with peers or adults), and 
  4. building meaningful connections to their lives
These all objectives can be achieved by providing opportunities of free or guided play.
When young children play with friends or class mates they learn:
  • How to cooperate
  • When to lead and when to follow
  • How to solve problems

A growing body of behavioral research establishes relationships between children’s play and development in several areas, including language, executive functions, mathematics and spatial skills, scientific thinking, and social and emotional development.One reason that play might be such a valuable pedagogical tool is that it features the precise contexts that facilitate learning.

What are benefits of play for children?
  • Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
  • Play is important to healthy brain development.
  • It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
  • Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers.7–14 As they master their world, play helps children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.

  • Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.
  • When play is allowed to be child driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.
  • Ideally, much of play involves adults, but when play is controlled by adults, children acquiesce to adult rules and concerns and lose some of the benefits play offers them, particularly in developing creativity, leadership, and group skills.
In contrast to passive entertainment, play builds active, healthy bodies. In fact, it has been suggested that encouraging unstructured play may be an exceptional way to increase physical activity levels in children, which is one important strategy in the resolution of the obesity epidemic.
Perhaps above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood.

Organized activities have a developmental benefit for children, especially in contrast to completely unsupervised time.

Tips to deal with problems while playing together:
  • Redirect behaviors like pushing, hitting, or taking someone else’s toys to a more positive activity.
  • A child’s first reaction is usually “physical,” so this may be difficult to learn. With words, children learn how to solve their own problems. Teach your child to say something like, “I don’t like that. Grabbing my toy makes me mad. Please give it back.”
  • What looks aggressive, like grabbing toys from others, may be a child’s attempt to join in with others. Teach children to take turns rather than get mad at them for grabbing toys.
  • Conflicts are more likely to happen when children are too hot, too cold, hungry, or tired.
  • It’s easier to guide children to good behavior instead of telling them what not to do. “I will be right here; come and tell me if you need my help.”
* Importance of play

*Importance Of Play - Promoting Child Development

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