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The importance of play

This parent/carer workshop took place on the 10th October 2018. 

A child who does not play is not a child

 

By Pablo Nuruda

What is Play?

Play is at the very centre of a healthy child’s life. From the earliest age, playing helps children to learn, to relate to other people and to have fun.

Why is play important?

  • Play is essential for healthy brain development
  • It is through play that children engage and interact with the world around them. Toys are fun but they are essential tools for children to learn and develop
  • It is through play that children engage and interact with the world around them. Toys are fun but they are essential tools for children to learn and develop
  • Teaches life skills
  • Promotes social skills - like sharing
  • Alleviates stress
  • Is a form of communication 
  • An outlet for feelings and emotions 
  • Builds imagination 

Stages of Social Play

  • Unoccupied play: the most basic play
  • Solitary play: starts in infancy and common in toddlers
  • Onlooker play: most frequently In toddler years
  • Parallel play: playing side by side
  • Associative play: ages 3-4 years
  • Social play: begin to share ideas and toys

Types of play

  • Physical
  • Communication and Language
  • Understanding of the world
  • Personal Social and emotional
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Exploratory
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive arts and design

 Child-led play

  • Make sure there is unstructured time for your child to play
  • When safe let your child make their own judgements and decisions in play
  • Join in play when invited or ask before you join in but let the child be in charge of the play
  • Let your child be creative

Make jobs fun!

  • Cleaning, can they help? Or give them their own cleaning set
  • Cooking – give them a role
  • Writing a shopping list- give them pen and paper
  • Shopping - get them to help you find what you need, tick sheet
  • Make what you are doing fun as possible and talk about everything you are doing to engage your child