Common Myths about Playtime for Kids
Author: Hide and Seek Kids Date Posted: 28 May 2017
Do you remember what it was like to play all the time? You could be a pirate and build a cubby house out of cushions. Play allows your child’s imagination to run wild, which is exactly what it should be doing, because playing is great for kids!
Play is actually one of the most important learning activities for a child. Playing helps kids in so many different ways, other than helping their creativity. By playing, children can:
· Learn about the world around them and themselves
· Develop social, cognitive and physical life skills
· Explore different interests, passions, and talents
· Prepare themselves for experiences in later childhood & adult life
· Develop problem solving skills
· Use creativity and imagination
· Build confidence
· Process and regulate emotions
Because play is beneficial to all children Hide and Seek Cubbies want to breakdown a few play myths:
1. Babies Don’t Play – Ok, now, I understand how some may think babies don’t play. They mostly just eat and sleep, but babies actually play a lot. Play is how babies learn the most about their surroundings and how to communicate with others. This is when babies learn about cause and effect, like when a baby realises that when they drop a ball, it falls to the ground. Babies also learn that something still exists even though they can’t see it. You don’t just disappear when you play peek-a-boo!
2. Play is Not Educational – Play is not the same type of learning from completing school work, but it’s just as important and still very educational. When children play, they expand their critical thinking skills while gaining the ability to adapt and be flexible. Think about when you’re kids are in their timber cubby house, uh-oh, the floor is now hot lava? Quick, down the cubby slide to safety!
3. Children must have Educational Toys for play – Some toys have a specific way to which they need to be played, with little or no room for change, limiting a child’s imagination. The best way to battle these restrictive rules is to get toys with no rules. If you are going to buy your child a toy, encourage items like dress up clothes, dolls, or stuffed animals, which allows your child to use their imagination while playing with them. Even better, save the money you would usually spend on small toys and invest in one of our timber cubby houses. Play is the time where having no rules is actually encouraged!
The reason our cubby houses are so great is because they support children through all stages of play, develop critical thinking skills and encourage thinking outside of the box, not to mention the physical skills they will obtain. Play is so much more than you think and will provide your child with a foundation to help them master other skills later on in life.