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Importance of Play

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How can play help a child to develop? Physically Emotionally Socially Intellectually Physical - X Develops fine motor skills X Develops balance and coordination X Develops senses - sight, sound, hearing, touch, taste X Exercises body and limbs Emotional - X Gives pleasure X Prevents boredom X Gets rid of tension X lets off steam X Develops confidence and independence X Acts out feelings X Acts out roles Intellectual - X Develops language skills X learns about the world X Develops memory X learns to experiment and test X learns concepts X Discovers new things X Develops imagination and creativity Social - X Learns to share X learns to cooperate and take turns X Learns rules X Develops social skills There are 4 stages of play ... that includes a child's social development ... Solitary play Parallel play Looking - on play Cooperative play Solitary play - This is playing alone, unaccompanied. ...read more.


It is usually very active and involves running around, allowing children to let off steam and use up energy. It is usually done outdoors as there are less restrictions and more room to move about safely. . Physical - Helps to develop: X Fine and Gross motor skills X Hand-eye coordination X Balance and coordination X Strong bones and muscles X The senses, especially vision, hearing, touch, smell. Intellectual: Concepts - Helps to develop concepts such as - X Size X Speed X Spatial awareness X Understanding cause and effect Intellectual: language - Children will - X Learn new words X Increase their vocabulary Emotional - Helps child to: X "Let off steam" X Release tension and stress X Build confidence and self-esteem X Become adventurous Social - Playing with other children encourages: X Taking turns X Sharing and cooperation X Negotiating about roles, space, and equipment X Respect for other people's ideas and feelings X Solving problems together X Making friends ...read more.


Social - Children will learn to: X Share X Cooperate and take turns Emotional - X All these types of activities allow children to experience both positive and negative emotions, e.g. pride, excitement, frustration and happiness X They can increase children's confidence and self-esteem X They allow children to make choices X Children can express feelings without using words X Prevents boredom X Gets rid of tension - helps children 'let off steam' Intellectual: Concepts X Using colour, textures, shape and space will help to develop creativity X creative activities such as painting, making collages and modelling will help develop the imagination X All of these activities can help to develop concentration and memory X Painting and making models will help to develop problem-solving skills. X Helps children learn about different materials and properties X Helps to develop an understanding of different concepts Intellectual: Language X Children will enjoy talking about what they have made X They will learn new words X They will be encouraged to ask questions, listen and follow instructions ...read more.

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