innovatED Magazine - Issue 3 - Autumn 2019

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Child development

Zaib Unisa, Reading Specialist

AlHuda International School, Faisalabad,Pakistan

The brain's favourite way of learning

Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning. Learning through play is a term usually used in education to

describe how a child can learn new things from surroundings and how it impacts on the child’s cognitive skills,

confidence, maturity, emotional development and learning from the environment. It’s understanding that

learning is a process which is completed not only by following textbooks, but also how and what we learn from

our experiences. Outdoor games or indoor activities play a central role in child development.

Why play will always be every educators best friend

Children are naturally drawn to play outside and it has

enormous benefit:

It increases attention spans.

It builds physically fit and healthier child.

When a child feels happy with an activity it stimulates

his immunity and growth.

Children also get a chance to see the world from a new

perspective.

It allows them to explore their environment.

Develops muscle strength, coordination and self

confidence.

iThings

There was a time when playing was associated only with

going outside and doing physical activities. Many parents

are now worried about their children being busy on their

iThings and not going outside to play. The good news is

that playing video games is not as harmful as we suppose

them to be. Different studies have show that children who

play video games often:

Develop fast reactions and rapid problem solving skills.

Learn new things quickly.

Are able to work more independently than their peers.

Are better able to multi-task.

Handle high intensity and pressure situations more

effectively and experience less stress.

Communication

Play is the language of children. Through play, children

get a chance to interact with other children who have

different abilities, communication skills and personalities.

Thus it opens a way to understand others and also to

convey themselves, helping to build new vocabulary as

well as the self confidence to communicate in different

situations.

.Learning to ask questions

Children are much less self-conscious during play and

more readily ask questions. It empowers their observation

skills, they collaborate with others more readily and learn

to take risks.

Social skills

Through play children learn vital non-verbal gestures,

facial expressions and body language. Understanding of

complex social conventions and the need for taking turns

develops rapidly. It helps the growth of empathy and is

essential for communication, persuasion and critical

thinking. It fosters respect and tolerance. Following the

rules in a game makes children learn self control and

motivation, how to stay on-task and the importance of

doing the right thing.

Patience

Patience is an essential part of a play and in our lives.

Waiting for our turn and performing the duties in a game

fosters patience in children. It also makes them realise

that other people are important too.

Cognitive Development

Play is vital for creativity and imagination. When children

play “A doctor’s clinic”, “Cooking for guests” or a “Friend’s

birthday party”, they are remembering experiences or

imagining in a new way. Through this, they 'road test' new

situations in a safe environment, acquire knowledge and

increases their ability to interact and solve problems •

Autumn 2019 | innovatED | Issue 3 | Page 41

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