It is only in the past few decades that science has proven what parents have known for centuries: that play is a crucial part of child development! The flipside of this is that it can feel like there’s pressure on parents to make sure their children get the ‘right kind of play’. With so much conflicting advice on the best methods, it can be hard to know where to start.
Play can help children to develop in areas including motor skills, social skills, memory development, and puzzle-solving. At Little Giggles, we understand how to make the most of these opportunities without sucking the fun out of a natural part of childhood. Here are a few key ways we balance learning with fun…
Freedom to explore
This is a big one. It’s easy to overthink play sessions when you’re focused on developing your child’s cognitive abilities, and fun can quickly become much too structured. One of the major benefits of completely free play is the opportunity for children to explore, be a bit cheeky, try new things and even fail, all in a safe environment. Children should be able to stretch their boundaries and experiences in order to make the biggest steps in their development.
The social side of play
It seems like an obvious point, but group play is essential to child development. There really is no better way for children to interact with their peers, learning how their actions affect others and enjoying shared experiences. Playing together also helps children learn how to handle conflict and allows them to experience new emotions through imaginative play. Last but by no means least, group play can help to develop children’s communication skills in an environment different to school or family situations.
Playing with a range of stimulating toys is a great way for children to develop motor skills, including balance, agility, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. That’s a pretty impressive list for one playtime! Interactive equipment like the range of light-up, moving apparatus we have at Little Giggles is perfect for developing all of these skills through play.
Overall, it is safe to say play really can encourage the development of a child. It allows them to gain skills and social abilities they wouldn’t learn elsewhere. Visit us at Little Giggles today for a wide range of fun activities to aid your child’s development.