Play In Early Childhood

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about the world in which they live and have little or no control over it. They are also prone to fears and they combat their own growing self-awareness of being small by wishful, magical thinking.
With these development that occurs during early years of children, guidance love, attention are very much needed for proper development. An Article by Unicef (2003) stated that during the early years of childhood, young children learn more quickly and develop more rapidly than at any other time, particularly if they received love and affection, attention, encouragement and mental simulation. It was also stated that a moore roundly developed child is more likely to survive and thrive, to be able to participate actively in life’s events and to become
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It fosters creativity, imagination, social connections and learned behaviors. Play is the activity which can be defined as a range of intended, intrinsically motivated activities that are normally related with gratification and delight. It can also be considered a dry run for acting-out real life events Parsons (2011).
Play is so imperatively and necessary that it is included in Article 31 Article (Leisure, Play and Culture) of the United Nation Convention of the Rights of the Child by Unicef. It is stated in the that children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.
Though play is important to the best possible development of children and though there is an abundant research evidences showing that play,supports young children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development, according to Bergen & Fromberg (2006), it has often unnoticed or addressed only minimally.
A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2007) stated that though play is a treasured part of childhood that offers children with significant developmental benefits and parents the opportunity to fully engage with their children, there were still quite a lot of forces interacting to effectively reduce many children’s abilities to reap the benefits of
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A research on the power of play was conducted by Dr. White (2012). The study focused on how children in early childhood can benefit from play and imagination. In the study, various overlapping styles of play and its impact on the whole child was presented. The result showed that play has a short and long term benefits on the cognitive, social,emotional and physical development of a child.
Another research on play was conducted by Parsons (2011). Its focused was on Young Children and the Nature. The research aimed to understand the effects of children’s experiences when they play with the nature. The result showed that children learn by seeing, smelling, tasting and touching. Thus, for fully development of children it is important to recognize the nature experience and outdoor play experinces of
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