The importance of learning through play…

April 21, 2015

Playtime for children is not just about letting them play with their latest toys; it’s also an important element to their physical and mental development.

Through doing, talking and touching, children can grow their cognitive reasoning, fine motor and language skills, their emotions and creativity, as well as their social and intellectual abilities. According to Early Years Matter, “play underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development.”

For example, developing cognitive and fine motor skills is important as they play a vital role in school readiness as “everything a child does, or doesn’t do, influences the next stage of their developmentPre-school Learning Alliance. Learning should be fun for young children and providing planned learning experiences, whether it’s a walk in park with a wildlife identification guide or a messy activity with paints, is an important way parents can support their child’s progression. Even using simple activities, with numbers and letters, sorting tasks or hands-on sensory bins, are great ways to enrich your child’s brain.

Miles Kelly’s Sticker Playbooks encourage reading, interactive play and learning through fun and imagination. The wonderful stories and rhymes are perfect to engage children and they can also be used again and again with the accompanying reusable vinyl stickers. Each play mat is one long double-sided concertina page that can be folded out onto the floor and turned into an interactive play mat, which is perfect for children aged 3+ years.

 

 

There are four new titles in the brilliant Sticker Playbook collection: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wheels on the Bus and Old Macdonald had a Farm. These sticker books are full of fantastic illustrations and sticker activities, which make them a fun and stimulating learning tool.

Play is a vital and integral part of a child’s development, and making activities fun and enjoyable, as well as educational, will encourage your child to reach their potential.

If you wish to know more about learning through play, please follow these links:
Pre-school Learning Alliance
Family Lives
Early Years Matter

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