The Importance of Play in Child Development

Encouraging children to play and perform exploration, helping children to learn and grow, both from the aspect of social, emotional, physical and intellectual. All this will be very helpful so that children are ready for school.

Children playing, because it is fun. Play is also the key to the development of their learning. Play, both structured and unstructured form the basis for the development of children's future learning or life skills.

By playing, children will gain:
  • The development of knowledge, experience, specialization and their confidence.
  • Experience learning by trying things, comparing results, asking questions and face the challenges.
  • The development of language skills, think, plan, organize, and make decisions.

Stimulation, play and participate in games with other children and adults, it is important for children with disabilities and chronic illness, such as children with HIV.

When parents and caregivers talk and hang out with the child in the mother tongue, it will help children to develop the ability to think and to express its themselves. Children learn the language very quickly and easily through hearing and singing a few songs, listen to or read to, repeating rhythms and play some games.

Girls and boys have equal opportunities to play and hang out with the whole family, including siblings, grandparents, and in activities outside the home. Playing and hanging out with mom and dad, so help strengthen the bond between children and both parents. Family members and caregivers can help children learn by giving light duty with clear instructions, providing objects to play and suggest new activities. Provide ample opportunity for children to play, do not be dominated by a parent or adult.

All children need a variety of simple toys material that matches the stage of development and learning. Water, sand, cardboard, wooden building blocks, and the vase and cover is a toy that is no less good as toys bought from a toy shop.
Parents and caregivers need to be patient if the child is forced to do something without going to help. Children learn by trying until they succeed. During the children are protected from harm, trying to do something new and difficult is a positive thing for the child's development. Children always keep changing and developing new abilities. Caregivers need to observe trending these changes and follow the direction of the child.

When children grow bigger, they need the opportunity to learn and get along with other children the same age. Group learning activities, organized by a trained caregiver or teacher at home or kindergarten is important to help the children ready for school.

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