Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning!
Learning through play builds lifelong learners and supports children’s overall development.UNICEF
Researchers and educators across the world agree on the fact that meaningful play can help enrich learning and develop key skills such as inquiry, expression, experimentation, and teamwork.
Learning through meaningful play is the key to healthy brain development.
What is Meaningful Play?
Meaningful play has five distinguishing characteristics:
- It gives the child a choice about what he or she wants to do.
- The child feels it fun and enjoyable.
- It’s not like giving kids a script to follow, rather it lets the child explore.
- Is driven by intrinsic motivation about what the child wants to do.
- It should be in a risk-free environment where kids can experiment and try new ideas.
How Do Children Learn Through Play
Children lean in various different ways, i.e. by comparing physical experiences, by social interaction, through their own feelings and most importantly through their imagination.
Play pulls together the logical and creative parts of the brain. So, it helps the children to develop skills that they will need later in life.
Jumping, running, dancing, climbing, rolling, messy play, etc. all contribute to muscle development and refine gross and fine motor skills.
But that’s not it!
Children also build their mental and emotional muscles when they get the chance to discover new things and elaborate them as per their imagination.