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Importance of Play in Early Childhood & Ways How it Helps in Child's Development

Importance of Play in Early Childhood & Ways How it Helps in Child’s Development

| September 30 2022

At the surface level, play can seem a trivial endeavor that serves to just keep a child entertained. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. Child’s play can be educational just as much as it is fun. It can be a great avenue for little ones to pick up skills and guide early year development in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Consequently, our infographic today deep dives into the catalyzing power of play on childhood development.

Importance of Play in Early Childhood & Ways How it Helps in Child's Development

Play in a child’s early years is more crucial than ever. As children play they begin to explore their feelings and learn new ways of expressing themselves. As a result, they gain a lot of new skills. Here are the amazing benefits of play in a child’s early year development.

Things parents should need to know about play

  • Children learn through play
  • Play is healthy
  • Play benefits your child’s development
  • Play reduces the stress
  • Play teaches through experience
  • Play and learning go hand-in-hand
  • Play teaches them how to overcome challenges
  • Play helps them address failures and rise above it

Play builds 

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Creative skills
  • Social skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Sensory skills

Benefits of play

  • Faster learning and better memory
  • Improves creative thinking
  • Promotes self-confidence
  • Improves communication and vocabulary
  • Impulse control and emotion regulation
  • Social competence and more empathy
  • Better health and physical development
  • Life lessons learning
  • Better relationship

Kids who play more,

  • Are very creative
  • Have healthier heart
  • Have a higher IQ
  • Are less likely to be obese
  • Have better language skills
  • Gain better emotional regulation
  • Exhibit greater impulse control

Kids who play grow up to be people who,

  • Think for themselves and with-stand peer pressure
  • Assume responsibility for their words and actions
  • They are able to see options and choices in their life
  • Want to be their own person with their own ideas
  • Value creativity and originality
  • They are full of their own plans and goals
  • They are self-directed learners
  • They are interested and curious 

Parent’s role in your child’s playtime. Here are some ideas for getting involved:

  • Jump right in – Playing together with them helps build a foundation for trusting relation
  • Forget the rules – Encourage exploration and creative play as it develops imagination
  • Think like a child – Play with toys and safe house utilities in new ways with them
  • Take a break – watch them if they are happy while playing if they seem bored re-direct their activity 
  • Participate Enthusiastically – Be a part while your child play and encourage them to explore
  • Let your child guide – Allow them to pick an activity and decide how to play


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