When we think back on our childhood, we may remember running around playing cricket and enjoying egg-and-spoon races. We might not realise that we were learning valuable life skills like teamwork and communication while laughing and having fun.
We want to equip our children with all the knowledge that they need to be happy and well-rounded individuals. We want them to be confident and be able to face and overcome any challenges. We want them to embrace their imagination and creativity, to dream big and have the skills to make their goals a reality.
To do this, they need to be stimulated and inspired to reach and exceed their potential from a young age. Their natural gifts, talents, and abilities also need to be taken into consideration.
This is because learning is not a one-size-fits-all process. Play-based activities need to cater to a child’s specific requirements in order to truly see them excel.
Have a look at what children can learn by playing by themselves or with others.
Being Comfortable on Their Own
Leaving children to play on their own will allow them to explore their creativity unhindered and uninterrupted. They can up make their own games, find their own solutions to perceived problems and learn the importance of being content by themselves.
It also teaches them how to do things independently and rely on themselves in certain situations, which is a key skill.
If your child is playing in a group, they’ll have the opportunity to interact with other children and navigate the process of working in a team, which could include a great deal of problem-solving.
They will have to take other children’s points of view into consideration and will have to learn how to rely on others. This could be a fantastic way to get them out of their comfort zones in a safe and fun way.
The Importance of Communication
Clearly expressing oneself is an important skill that is required in our younger years all the way through to adulthood.
Getting our opinion across in a firm yet non-aggressive way is an essential part of properly communicating with our peers. Having children play in a group environment will teach them how to do just that, as well as how to effectively negotiate with others.
This is also a great time for them to expand on their vocabulary, as they will be learning new words and phrases while they’re playing. Allow them to make up songs and activities as a group, or even on their own.
Getting Them Moving
Playing is also a great way for children to get active. In our modern world, our little ones are becoming more and more adept at using tablets, mobile phones, and even laptops. While these are crucial skills to have in our rapidly digitising world, it can leave them living a sedentary life.
Playing is a great way to get them active. It could be as simple as kicking a ball around the backyard or even doing a scavenger hunt. Exercise is a core part of living a well-balanced and active lifestyle, which is something that is so important to encourage.
Here at Active Kids Group, we know that children thrive through play-based learning and this is exactly what our Early Years Learning Framework, or EYLF, is based on. Get in touch with us today to find out more.
Alternatively, if you’re in the Sydney area, have a look at some of our fantastic childcare centres.