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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

Social competence, emotional well-being, physical development, communication skills, and cognitive skills are all significant and wonderful side effects of play for young children. In teamwork, children discover self-esteem and a sense of belonging. They learn to self-advocate, negotiate, share and resolve conflict. Through dramatic play, they learn to identify with others, share their own experiences and develop empathy. When children use their gross motor skills to run, jump, hop, climb, throw, and ride bicycles, they are becoming aware of their bodies and self-control. Fostering self-help and fine motor dexterity through dressing, drawing, sensory play, and sorting, to name a few, offers young children a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Through observing, organizing and reflecting, children learn to problem solve and communicate their ideas with peers and adults. They are able to master these skills at their own pace, and strengthen their competencies, which leads to enhanced confidence. 

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