What is it?
Learning through play is a vital part of your Childs development. It includes playing with different toys or activities for different areas of development in order to help them develop. According to Squire. G (2007), play is pleasurable and enjoyable, has no extrinsic goals, play is spontaneous and voluntary, involves some active management. Not only is it fun and interactive for both children and parents, but it enhances the development of all aspects needed including social, Physical, Intellectual, communication and emotional development. Why?
Although it seems like your child is simply playing with a toy or object, the child is actually developing and learning so much. That simple teddy bear that you first bought them as a baby, can actually develop their intellectual and emotional development by helping to create an imaginative mind and if the child is talking to the teddy bear, then it’s developing speech and language. 0-3 years old.
Your child, from aged 0—3 are learning so much already, even though you might not know it. Your child needs to develop socially, physically, intellectually, their communication and their emotions. This is actually done through play. For a child aged 0-3 you should be encouraging development through play. Toys such as hanging mobiles actually increase your Childs physical development by giving them a target to reach for, stretching out their arms. This increases their hand-eye co-ordination and gross motor skills. Reading your child books every day, whether it’s just to calm them down before bed or for bonding time can influence their learning. This encourages their intellectually development as children pick up different words by listening and being involved. If you involve the child, there is more possibility they will learn more as well as enjoy it more. If you’re reading a colourful, touchy-feely book to an under 1 year old, this can stimulate their development to different textures, colours and making them more aware. Reading topical books can also influence their knowledge of the world, such as books about shopping or religions. Early years settings are good at providing opportunities for children to develop. Nurseries play groups and mum and toddler groups develop your child, not only socially by interacting with other children and adults, but in all other aspects as well. By allowing them to play on, for example, a slide, cars, push trolleys/cars/bikes, they can practice moving around, walking, crawling etc, as they should provide stimulating activities, developing their physical skills and their fine and gross motor skills. Early years settings for this age will develop your child intellectually by giving them an understanding as well as developing knowledge by watching different scenarios, such as having a role play “home area” which allows them to copy things they might have seen at home such as ironing, play kitchens, etc. Their communication will increase as they are constantly interacting with others and being spoken to as well as listening to others interact. Emotion development will be promoted in the way that children can develop friendships and bonds with other people and start to develop feelings such as empathy as they can offer group activities, play dates and just by being around other children. 3-5 years old.
At the age of 3-5 years old, as a parent, you should be offering them a wide range of activities through play. Your child has come on a lot already but the development continues with encouragement from you. Your child will be walking and needing to develop their physical development and gross motor skills (larger muscles such as throwing and catching etc.) Outside activities are good at encouraging physical development. This can just involve rolling a ball to your child and encouraging them to catch it, kick it, pick it up or chase it. It’s involving for you and the child has fun whilst playing. Their hand eye co-ordination improves and their...
Bibliography: 1- http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html
5- Jenny Lindon (Ed.) 2001, Nelson Thorn LTD (pages 163-167)
6- All photos retrieved from Google Images
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