Play connects children with their imaginations, their surroundings, their parents, other children and the world. Children learn, discover and explore the environment around them through play. During play, young children improve skills in language development, problem solving and interacting with others. Some additional benefits of play include:
Playing is Important
“The right to play is a child’s first claim on the community. Play is nature’s training for life.” - David Lloyd George
- Aids physical, mental, social and emotional development
- Helps with relaxation and stress relief
- Maintains healthy weight
- Improved focus leads to better behavior
- Provides opportunities to make new friends!
Caregivers and teachers can create opportunities for children to play to enhance social and motor skills. Encourage young children to play at least three active games a day during playtime!
Indoor Game Ideas
Managing to keep children active and the room intact can be difficult when it is raining and everyone is stuck inside.
- Playing Simon Says keeps children engaged while teaching them the important skill of following rules.
- Turn on some music and have a dance party!
- Try acting out an imaginative story that the child comes up with, or one from a book that they are reading.
- Ask children to walk or act like a specific animal on their way to or from a room, or when switching from one activity to another.
- Play “House,” have a tea party, or put on a shadow puppet performance.