The Art of Play

In the past a child’s play was considered a waste of time. For the last few decades, there has been a focus on the importance of play, and learning through play.

During pretend play, young children learn from imagining and doing. They use an object to represent something else while giving it action and motion. However, this is more complicated than it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.

Paula Brownyard, M.Ed., and Head of the School of Education, Lambuth University says, “Play teaches children to make friends. Without this interaction with others, they fail to develop social skills. And without appropriate social skills, children may become angry and act out. When this happens, other children avoid them.”

The Art of Play is also said to Help Adults Reclaim Imagination and Spontaneity (as written by Adam Blatner, M.D). Sounds like a good enough reason to play with our children!!

Georgia Davies has shared the below infographic ' The Art of Play' which depicts different types of pretend play and their benefits.

Thanks Georgia!


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