Is play necessary for child development? Absolutely!
Play is crucial for your child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. It’s your child’s way of learning about his/her body and the world, and they’ll use all five senses to do it, especially in the first year.
What does this feel like when I touch it? What does this sound like when I squeeze it?
What will happen if I push this or pull that? Crawl over there? Pull myself up on this?
Exploration is the heart of play, and in your child’s mind any experiment counts, even hurling a bowl of cereal off the highchair tray. Development experts are fond of saying that play is the work of children (and cleaning up after play seems to be the work of parents).
As your child moves into the toddler years, his/her play will become more imaginative and complex. Through play, they will exercise key skills and qualities, such as independence, creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving.
You’ve probably heard of sensory play, but did you know that this type of play is very beneficial for children? From birth, babies learn about their world using their 5 senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling & tasting. As they grow, children’s senses are their most familiar and most basic way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for children to explore the world they live in!
Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:
- Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
- Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
- This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)
To book your child in for a Play Stimulation Course today, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 082 718 4482 for more information!