The Benefits of Play for Child Development

For many adults the phrase “play time” is often associated with a time to unwind from a typical day’s routine. For children, play time can include sports, games and imaginary play. Though it may not seem very significant, play time actually has a crucial role in child development by establishing the foundation for a lifetime of learning through interaction with people and objects in the child’s environment.

The Psychology of Play

Over the past few decades, education and child psychology researchers have gathered a substantial amount of evidence that proves how important play time is for proper brain development.

As children play, they develop critical cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills that set the stage for future successes from the classroom to the workplace.

Here are some skills your child can accumulate through play:

  • Cognitive: language, problem solving, creativity, and self-regulation
  • Emotional: interacting with others, negotiating, and compromising
  • Small Motor: drawing, coloring, and using block building
  • Gross Motor: running, jumping and climbing

Why Play Should Be Encouraged

Besides building essential life skills, play is also beneficial in other ways.

1. Promotes Healthy Living

Obesity is a concern that faces many children today, however play time counteracts it. With regular physical activity, children are able to stay active and healthy.

2. Reduces Stress

Play time is a great way to break free of a daily routine. This outlet promotes emotional growth in children by giving them an opportunity to release any stress or anxiety they may be feeling, and to replace those feelings with joy.

3. Creates Fond Memories

Many childhood memories revolve around play. From the first-time children build a fort to the first time they go to the beach, these are all memories that each child should have a chance to create.

At Centner Academy, we strive to nurture children through the appropriate social – emotional, intellectual, and physical growth that occurs from ages 2 ½ to 18. We want to ensure that your child reaches their full potential by taking complete advantage of the benefits of play in conjunction with our curriculum. Learn more about Centner Academy today.

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