Playtime is a necessity for growing children that serve abundant benefits and is beyond mere entertainment. It has been demonstrated scientifically that play hours have a significant role to play in a child’s overall development in his growing years including physical development, mental development, and social and emotional development.
In this blog today, I have highlighted the science behind the remarkable benefits of playing so that the facts are presented with shreds of evidence and parents can put more trust in the idea of ample playtime for their children and let them thrive and blossom.
Play Promotes Cognitive Development
It is during playtime that children interact, communicate and observe their peers, which is itself an excellent way to promote their cognitive development. The no-boundary interaction and communication improve their creativity, builds their confidence and moreover help them to develop focus, attention and memory skills. Consequently, these factors improve their academic performance as well.
Playtime Develops Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence
Playing with other children promoted social skills in children. Through group play, children learn the art of collaborating, negotiating and resolving conflicts. So altogether they learn to mingle with others and adjust with everyone in the group. Spending ample time playing, children also learn the art of relating themselves with others, they build the power of understanding everyone’s’ perspectives and with right parenting they also start respecting others beliefs and culture. These acceptances at early age play a crucial role in developing emotional intelligence in children which is again an important aspect of one’s personality.
Ample Play builds Physical Fitness and Motor Skills
Playing is synonymous with movement, and physical activities undoubtedly is vital to children’s development. When children are physically active during playtime through running, jumping, climbing, cycling, etc. it strengthens their muscles, help them develop more flexibility in their muscles and also improve body and mind coordination. It has been scientifically proven that more physical active kids develop better motor skills and with better motor skills, children have better body awareness. These adds up as the foundation towards their healthy lifestyle as children and as growing adults.
Play supports Emotional Well-being and Resilience
Playing for an ample time greatly impacts child’s emotional well-being. It acts as a source for self-expression and stress relief, allowing children to process their emotions in a safe and enjoyable way. The play-buddies interaction with peers, parents or caregivers promotes emotional bond and foster a sense of security and trust within children’s heart and mind. Moreover, playing in groups with their peers allow children to take risks in a safe and controlled environment, which help them in developing resilience, coping with challenges, and building self-esteem.
The above benefits concludes that there are ample benefits of ample playtime for children. If you are a parent, teacher or a caregiver, you can experience the positive effects on your children from the day one. So, from today onwards, allow ample playtime to your little ones and witness the positive effects on their overall development. In addition to promoting the above skills, the playtime also strengthens parent-child bond. After ample playtime, children who have exhausted themselves physically come back in a happy mood because they are refreshed and stress-free.