Education and teachers do have an immense effect on a child’s development however the emphasis on playing is not stretched enough in my opinion I have decided to write an article about the importance of playing for a child’s development which will cover a description of early childhood development, the skill sets developed in early childhood development, the benefits of playing in early childhood development, the importance of emphasis’s of playing for your child’s development and the different forms of play beneficial to a child’s development and last but not least a few games parents can play with their children that can and will contribute to their child’s early stages of development.
Why I chose to write this article
Education and schooling does contribute largely to the development of our children there is no way of denying it however I feel that the importance of playing is not discussed often enough. Your child can and will develop a set of skills before even beginning school and playing does in fact help your child develop these skill sets. I am hoping to by writing this article bring further emphasis on playing and the utter most importance and values that playing has for a child’s development .
Description of early childhood development
The early stages of childhood development can be described as the physical and mental skills that are developed by children for the rest of their lives. This includes the social, emotional and language and or communication skills. These all can ensure a strong foundation and structured future for the developing minds of children leading right into adulthood. Studies has proven that the most critical years for early childhood development take place from birth to the age of eight and we as parents must do everything possible to promote the best childhood development as possible by contributing to factors that help improve your child’s development from the early stages where the foundations are formed.
What skills are developed in the early stages of childhood development you may wonder
Early childhood development is where most of our adulthood skills come from here bellows a list of skills developed as a child:
- Social values
- Giving and or sharing capabilities
- Waiting your turn
- Decision making skills
- Goal setting
- Confidence and or self-esteem
- Planning skills
- Coordination and or muscle movements(also known as fine motor skills)
- Body awareness
- Wellness of others and themselves
- Self-help skills
- Control over emotions
- Understanding of others
Benefits and emphasis of “playing” and its importance to early stages of childhood development
Playing is a very effective way to stimulate brain growth by providing developing minds with new life experiences.
Studies have also proven that toys do in fact make it possible for children to have higher IQ levels and increases a child’s creativeness and imagination.
Different playing situations creates dividend thinking inspiring children’s developing minds to think out the box and fuels creative ideas.
Playing enables children to have a better perception of communication and or langue usage and can help them develop their communication skills better.
Playing enables children to understand their and others emotions a lot better therefor teaching children to control their emotions and or impulses as well as understanding them.
Playing also helps children’s develop socially by teaching them how to get along with others and how to treat others acceptably.
Playing and being active does in fact improve a child’s mental health and promotes their gross motor skills.
Playing does also improve a child’s bond with a parent and strengthens relationships with other children.
It is also important to remember that fun ways of learning are more appealing to children therefor making playing a perfect way to teach children life lessons.
Playing also gives children the opportunity to understand the world around them and improves overall learning abilities.
Different forms of beneficial play for early stages of childhood development
Sensory play: This form of play initiates the use of all the senses such as sight, smell and feeling of things good examples of sensory play include water play activities, sand and or play dough.
Construction play: This form of play is used for problem solving skills and involves the building and or construction of things a good example of this play method is building blocks.
Rough and tumble play: Many adults frown upon this method of playing but it is important for children to run, climb, roll around and spin to their heart’s desire to develop their gross motor skills to full capacity.
Large motor play: A form of play that includes singing, dancing and swinging capabilities that helps boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
Dramatic play: Pretend or imaginative play. Enables children to understand and cope in different situations.
Role playing: Exploring real life situations by acting out actions seen around them for example playing baking with some friends or alone.
Recapitulative play: This form of play includes all outdoor activities that teach young developing minds different environmental situations.
Digital play: A form of playing that involves digital devises that teach children different things and how to manage technology.
Games and activities parents can play and or do with their children before any form of school to help with early childhood development
It is crucial that parents provide their children with both sensory and motion experiences to help their child’s development reach full potential
As mentioned above a child’s development is most crucial from birth to the age of eight there for early childhood development starts at home here is a list below that includes games and activities parents can do with their children to help along the process of early childhood development:
Children’s ability to do mathematics starts at home and recent studies have proven that playing games such as counting games from higher to lower or lower to higher numbers, playing with 2D or 3D shapes and or objects, discussing positioning, copying patterns and or extending them and talking about the above mentioned activities help children develop their mathematic skills long before they even realize they have them.
Bored and card games are a great way for parents to teach their children thinking strategies and problem solving skills for example snakes and ladders. Bored games such as monopoly can also be used to teach older children about the concept of money without them even realizing the lesson immediately.
Parents can come up with creative sorting games to play with their children involving shapes, colors and or even numbers teaching them a vast set of skills and providing a bonding experience.
Card games can be used for so many forms of learning children can be provided with comparing numbers colors and different shapes only by something so simple as a pack of cards and a few card games.
Reading at least a few pages of a book a day to your child helps to inspire creative thinking by allowing them to imagine themselves in different situations and can help your child’s communication and language skills immensely.
Outdoor activities and or if you will movement games such as musical chairs, a creative obstacle course or even a simple exercise routine can and will improve your child’s cross motor skills to full potential by teaching them how to use and move their bodies.
Dot to dot and coloring pictures is other very fun and creative form of learning that allows children to develop their fine motor skills and sparks problem solving allowing a creative flow of thinking.
Memory games such as matching pictures and or objects also help children to remember different things and or objects making it easier to remember for future reference.
Parents can also build puzzles with their children from a young age teaching them a verity of skills which includes problem solving skills.
I am sure parents can think of more learning games if they would like or even research a few fun games to play with their children but I think the above mentioned games does help with a few creative activities we can do with our children to contribute to their early childhood development.
After doing the research and constructing this article playing clearly holds a valuable and key component to a person’s development and should be paid a lot more attention to as we as parents can help our children reach their full potential trough playing teaching them the foundations they carry right through to adulthood.
Studies have also proven that children that play more find a schooling environment easier and their progression in school a bit faster to children that do not play as often. Learning trough playing also clearly is the most effective way to teach children lessons and making it fun for them remember therefor making play very crucial to a child’s early development
I hope that I have changed your view on the importance of playing and brought the realization to light that playing is equally as important as schooling and or education if you will and only makes the bond between parent and child stronger whilst building the mental and physical growth of your child.