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Contents page * How play teaches children * How play helps children learn how to interact with others * How play teaches children to be independent * How play helps children to understand and learn about the environment * How play simulates the mind How play teaches children: Children learn all the time. They are like sponges they feed off everything around them and most importantly through play. Play teaches them how to socialise with other children and to increase their intellectual development needed in all children. An example to show that play helps their learning is: The Dolls and Doll's house: - this helps their learning as they are increasing their knowledge of language by pretending that they are the doll's voice and telling a story with those dolls in the house. ...read more.


This helps their learning as they are learning to speak with other people for things that they'd like to use. How play teaches children to be independent: It is important for children to have independent play as it teaches them how to fend for themselves and entertain themselves when you are too busy. This then means that they won't come running to you saying 'I'm bored' wanting you to provide entertainment. Independent play also effects their development intellectually as they have to think how to entertain themselves rather than get it given to them on a plate. An example of independent play: Colouring: - it may be surprising but colouring is the most effective example of independent play. This is because it allows the child to draw pictures etc of whatever they like, therefore using their imagination and knowledge of the world to create those pictures. ...read more.


These are all fun activities for them to do however, still teaching them about the environment that they live in. How play stimulates the mind: When we say play that stimulates we mean how it arouses curiosity, interest and develop in the child's life through the objects or activities that they use/participate. In this, you are expected to provide the item/activity for the child as you are giving them the stimulation they need to learn. In young children, you would find this stimulation process as they explore the objects given, driven by the curiosity and interest of the object/activity. Examples of things that can stimulate a child's mind: * Paired games with an adult or older child in outdoor activities; developing the child's physical and social development. * Toys and equipment; this allows independence as the child can choose which they can entertain themselves with. ...read more.

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