Learning Through Play- A Psychologist's Perspective
'Learning Through Play' has become a line we often see, particularly on the likes of shops like ours.
Children (and adults for that matter) do learn through play but what exactly does this all mean?
Children are sponges, they are designed to learn CONSTANTLY and with ease. They are constantly learning from the world around them whether you try to facilitate learning or not.
Why through play?
Your child is born with a brain that is constantly connecting and wiring itself. Wiring strengthens and wiring weakens, or dies and new wires replace the old.
When a child plays these 'wires' or neural connections strengthen faster and the wiring for lack of a better word is 'better'. A combination of the free nature of play, the action of playing, experimentation and verbalising play all contribute to this.
Did you know that almost 80% of your child's brain is formed within the first 3 years of their life? Play helps form the foundations of your child's brain!!
Play increases confidence in children. Children can 'test out' new situations or learning through play in an environment that they feel safe and comfortable in.
Play increases all types of motor skills and verbal skills.
Play assists in emotional regulation or improvement of coping skills, encourages social interaction, leadership and negotiation skills.
'Play is the work of the child' Maria Montessori