Research shows that young children learn best through manipulation of materials and hands-on experiences which are the key things children experience through fun activities.
Play provides many opportunities to develop cognitive, social-emotional, and physical skills. Children learn best not by being told what to do but by living the experience and involving their whole self.
Through play children can see how new experiences are related to previous learning. Much of what we learn cannot be taught directly but must be put together in our own way through our own experiences (active rather than passive).
Play encourages an attitude towards inventiveness that contributes to being able to think up many ideas, new ways of doing things, and ways to solve problems.
Play allows children to develop skills for seeing something from another person’s point of view, cooperating, helping, and sharing, as well as for solving problems. They develop both leading and following behaviours, both of which small people need to get along in the world.
Play enables children to learn about learning – through curiosity, invention, staying with a task, and so much more.
Children’s attention spans are amazingly long when they are interested. Children become interested in learning when they learn through play. These early years experiences using and participating in play helps them to develop into life-long learners.
Play provides many opportunities for acquiring these skills.
Through play children learn to cooperate, learn vocabulary, concepts, self-confidence, motivation, and an awareness of the needs of others.
These are just as important in learning to read as the ability to recognize letters and sounds.
Our Play Equipment has been involved in play for over 40 years and has helped to stimulate and encouraged play and children’s development for many years and hopefully many more to come.