Whether you take your child to child care in Baldivis or any Perth suburb, it is important to know how children learn through play and how to encourage further play and learning at home. Can you remember back when you were a child and how effortless play was? How ideas came out of nowhere and it didn’t matter if they “made sense” or not?
Do you remember how joyful play used to be? Here are some things to remember to encourage your child to play and feel the kind of joy you used to feel while learning at the same time.
Children Make Their Own Decisions
When children play, they are making decisions as to what they will do. This experience of freedom is essential to growth and to the flow of ideas. It also helps them see that a choice or action leads to a consequence.
You can encourage this greatly by giving them open-ended toys that encourage thought and choice. For example, a simple block can be “turned into” any number of toys just by using the imagination.
Children are Motivated from Within
Children have an impulse to play because it helps them understand what is going on in the world around them. This internal motivation allows your child to subjugate desires such as hunger to keep playing. When children learn to play with friends, they learn quickly that if they want to continue, they have to subjugate their own desires for those of the group as a whole. This self-control is a social skill that translates well to success later in life.
Spontaneity Keeps Children In the Moment
Play is spontaneous. While we offer supervised and directed activities at Cuddles Childcare Centres, we also understand that spontaneous play keeps children in the moment, learning what they want to learn the most.
Keep it Joyful
Remember: it is called “play;” not work. Trying to force your child to play something because you think they will learn from it is too much like school. They will get from 12-18 years of school soon enough. Let them play and have fun.
To learn more, contact the Cuddles Childcare Centre nearest to you.