The Importance of Play: The Basics

This is the first post in a series of posts on the importance of play.

Learning through play is an essential aspect of early childhood education. It gives children the opportunity to explore the environment and learn based on their experiences and own interests, which are central parts of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. Playing with your child is one of the most important ways in which you can aid their development. Nurturing, stimulating play is important in many of the early years of their lives. So, here are some tips for playing with your child.

  1. Safety First: make sure the environment is appropriate for your child’s age. Don’t have toys that a small child could choke on. Get down to your child’s level to see what he/she can reach at and check if anything is hazardous.
  2. Watch and Wait: see what your child is trying to achieve and then provide enough support so that you are helping or doing the play task with them but not for them.
  3. Follow the Leader: pay attention to your child’s interests and likes/dislikes. They are the leader when it comes to play, your job is to support them with what will be most beneficial based on their interests.

In our next posts we will talking about appropriate play ideas for different age groups.

Source: http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/ThePowerofPlay.pdf?docID=161&JServSessionIda004=h7u0rh3p01.app201c

 

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