- June 4, 2022

The Benefits of Playing for Children

Playtime is an important aspect of a child’s upbringing as through play a child can learn and also unlearn many things.

How to play

Before a child can take in the benefits of playtime, he or she must first learn how to play. This is important because if not a child may just go from toy to toy without really sitting and playing with anything. If you have noticed a child throwing a toy the second, he gets it or if he puts it down after two minutes and goes on to the next toy, one reason for this could be that the child does not know how to play with the given toy.

Therefore, taking the time to teach your child what exactly the object is and how it works can help them enjoy the toy rather than just looking at it and throwing it away. You may even find a child not playing due to other reasons such as being bored, being tired or he or she may have individual differences that could prevent them from engaging. For example, if a child has autism, it is beneficial if this is identified as then the caregiver can help the child. For example, enrolling the child in a Play-based Autism Therapy can help them.

Learning experience

Some people may think a child playing is a waste of time. They may think that instead of playing a child should be reading a book or doing their homework. However, it is important to understand that there are many benefits that come with play.

Through play a child can learn how to explore the environment, they can learn how to share and also how to take turns. Playing in a group is very beneficial because when a child plays on his or her own, they would not need to engage in things such as turn taking.

Therefore, they may not understand the concept of it and when they go to school this could even become a problem as the child may not know how to wait their turn. Therefore, letting your child play with others can help them learn things that will also help them when they go to school. Especially if a child does not know how to share, letting them play with others can help them build on their sharing skills.

Unlearn

If a child does not know how to share, this could be unlearnt through play. For example, if there is only one toy and three children, the children can either learn how to play together or they would learn how to wait their turn and share the toy.

Imitation

A lot of children learn through imitation therefore it is important to make sure that you display good and appropriate behaviour when you are with your child.  It would be helpful to keep in mind that your child could be watching you at all times and they could pick up on the things that you do. Therefore, if you were to display good behaviour then your child too will pick up on good behaviour.