Why Play is Highly Essential to a Child’s Development

Play is an opportunity that allows children to be physically active. Engaging in different kinds of play where physical movement is required helps stimulate their young minds, that’s why engaging in playing is greatly encouraged especially in early learning. With play, the child’s motor skills are developed together with his thinking, social and linguistic skills. Various kinds of movements experienced by children during plays help activate the brain so that the process of learning becomes easier.


When the child who enjoys a particular play go over the game or activity again and again, learning is facilitated by repetition. Educators are aware that children learn best by repeating an activity and if something is done repeatedly, mastery is achieved. This is developing the cognitive aspect of learning. Many activities that are centred in honing the child’s abilities are greatly held at Giggles Early Learning Centre, a childcare in Bexley. Play is therefore synonymous to ‘learning by doing’ as the child learns the step-by-step way of thoroughly understanding the game. During the process, he gets to know the do’s and don’ts towards a successful play activity, that is why the first thing that parents do to teach their baby is to provide him with a toy like a rattle and other playthings on the crib for the baby to see and enjoy, and to have fun as he experiences seeing and learning about colour, movement, texture, and sounds as he plays with his toys. Indeed, learning with fun is the most effective way for kids to observe knowledge and retain information. The magic of learning through play is never diminished as children spend their waking moments in play. Its importance in a child’s life cannot be overlooked.

Muscle Development

A play activity such as ball game stimulate the brain and develops all the muscles involved exactly what to do. It provides development of muscle coordination.


Control of Muscles

Play helps children to enhance the control of their muscles. Being able to control their muscles helps them to be flexible and make artistic, harmonious movements which they can use in engaging in further creative moves such as dancing, gymnastics, and athletic activities.



The children’s communicative shield such as self-experience is developed and enhanced as they join a game at home or be involved in an active play with other kids at a preschool. They learn to express their emotions as they go, gain a happy disposition when success comes their way, feel anger and sadness when failure is experienced at some point during play when results do not go with the expectations–which teaches them to handle a loss or failure; and the strong feeling of victory when they overcome obstacles give them self-confidence and motivation.


Building on Analysing

The ability to analyse things and being able to solve problems during the play activity is developed. Not all play activities start and end successfully. There are times when issues should be met. Faced with the problem, the child at first seeks the assistance of adults for a solution, but later on he learns how such play-related problems are worked out, and the opportunity to solve such without adult assistance later boosts his self-esteem and trustworthiness. Hence, play gives them a head start in meeting problems in the future.


Good Exercise

Play is a form of exercise, a kind of a stress-reliever, and a refreshing activity for the kids which they do without being forced by the adults. This is very important as it promotes physical fitness aside from the development of life skills which they can use as they grow from infancy, toddler-hood, during kindergarten, and in the different phases of their life towards adulthood.

Therefore, with play, the child develops the cognitive, effective, and psycho-motor aspects of learning. With proper supervision, providing age-appropriate activities, educating our kids about safety, and encouraging them to express their creativity and channel their energies through play, a lot of talents and potentials can be unleashed.


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