I agree that play-based learning offers different opportunities for children to explore and create, they can also discover new things and communicate with peer during free-play time. Frobel said that “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul” (Froebel, 1887). He believed in the importance of play in a child’s learning as creative activity. Play provided the platforms for children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development which are essential elements in educating the “whole” children allowing them to use all imaginative powers and physical movements to discover their interests. Children are able to develop and practise motor skills and bodily movements through physical plays.
Therefore, social and emotional development can be supported by practice as adults play a key role in helping children to socialise and engage with others. Tassoni (2015) suggests that we need to start by making sure that we create the optimum conditions for children to socialise and there are many ways to do this within a setting depending on age, stage, and needs of the children who you work with. Play is a marvellous way in which children are able to explore their emotions and develop their social skills. It allows children to legitimately and safely show emotions whilst being destructive and realising their feelings, but also explore social situations and develop essential social skills such as interpreting others emotions. The DCSF (2008) support this by saying through play babies and young children learn, grown and have fun.
Play is a cherished part of childhood which may contribute towards many benefits in children’s lives. Therefore, play is necessary in children’s development, they grow by playing with or without purpose. Play gives children fun, joy, amusement and motivation to encourage them to continue playing. In addition, through play children develops their social, cognitive, physical and emotional skills. (Galiguzova, 1995) stated that children’s play is filled with repetitions and imaginations based on what the children have seen, heard and experienced.
Children actively involved in play may be engaged in a variety of activities, independently, with a partner, or in a group. Because play is closely tied to the cognitive, socio-emotional, and motor development of young children, it is an important part of developmentally appropriate early childhood
At the age of 24-36 months, toddlers start to really engage in interactive play with their peers and they will also start using more imaginative play. Their understanding of other’s feeling will also tend to gradually increase along with their need to always be right in an argument. It is therefore important to spend more time focusing on how they understand feelings and express their feelings to others. Creative methods could be used such as reading story book or even using puppets. Some other aspects in how you can help your toddler; Help them understand healthy and non-harmful ways to express feelings, specially negative ones such as anger.
Explain the importance to children’s holistic development of Speech, language and communication This development is important for children’s holistic development as this will help the children to socialise and help them express what they like and need, this will get them to have more sense about the world. If the child can communicate this will help them with their confident and self-esteem levels as they can talk about how they feel.it is important for children to use their own language skills and not to listen to other all the time and this could put their development back. Adults should praise children a lot so they have the encouragement try new things but it is important you adults to give them feedback so that they can learn from right and wrong. If some
The adult also has to be clear on the range of potentials for learning that play offers such as: • Developing skills and abilities • Providing opportunities to co-operate • Developing friendships • Taking turns • Resolving conflicts and solving problems • Developing knowledge and understanding of the world. When planning for play the adult creates an indoor and outdoor environment that provides a wide range of play possibilities. The adult prepares, plans for and organizes activities based on assessment information, the aims and learning goals of the EYFS. They provide children experiences that are safe, challenging, inclusive, and enjoyable for play. They structure the indoor and outdoor environment so that it reflects each child’s individual
This signifies the importance of play in a child’s life. There are many theories that support play as a way for the child to develop socially, cognitively and emotionally. Despite it being easy to list down various play activities, it is difficult to come up with a set definition for it although it is widely accepted that play should very much be free, unstructured and mostly child-initiated. The purpose of play and the supposed benefits the different types of play aids in the development of a child will be further discussed. Given that play is such an integral part of a child’s life, based on evolutionary perspectives, there has to be a reason why children engage in play and thus classical play theories attempt to explain the purpose of play.
What exactly is creativity? Creativity is something that everyone has, however the amount of creativity people have varies. Children are very creative and it is important to understand the value and importance that it serves in a child’s life. Creativity is defined as “a way of thinking, acting, or making something that is original for the individual and valued by that person or others.” (Page 4) Creativity allows children to develop individuality and feel good about themselves. In order for children to feel this way, teachers need to focus on encouraging children to use their creative sense of mind.