Fun Playtime Encourages a Child’s Learning

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Fun Playtime Encourages a Child’s Learning

All children enjoy spending their time playing on their own or with other kids and adults. After all, childhood is an amazing time when everything is possible. New and exciting discoveries, more importantly, a time when children get to learn more about the world around them. Precisely because kids acquire information constantly during their early childhood, pre-school and school-age. It’s crucial that you find a way to support and encourage their love of learning. When they’re young, you can’t use the common theoretical approach; instead, making the most out of fun and constructive playtime would be ideal and very beneficial. Fun playtime encourages a child’s learning.

Pay attention to your child’s favourite games

toddler playing with blocks

There are many types of games that kids could enjoy. They can make them as personal and individual as they can imagine. Of course, no two children are the same. Which means that kids will show their likes, dislikes and preferences when playtime and games are concerned, too. In order to use the time when they have fun in order to boost their critical and creative thinking, it’s important to utilize the games they really enjoy. This doesn’t mean that you can’t introduce anything new. Best not to force the kids to engage in playtime that obviously doesn’t suit them or they simply don’t like. As a parent, you’ll find it rather easy to pinpoint your child’s favourites. Use those as a starting point for adding more interesting, constructive and fun playtime options to the kids’ routine.

Use the right stimulus

It’s true that children can find fun easily even without any special items and objects to help their play. However, certain games and toys are definitely more beneficial when it comes to supporting the kids’ love of learning. Encouraging their interest development and overall allowing them to grow mentally, physically and emotionally. That said, make sure to spice their playtime up a bit with effective educational toys that will occupy them and hold their attention nicely. For instance, all sorts of puzzle games and cubes tend to work amazingly well in this regard. Especially since these also feature various pictures and colours, thus boosting the child’s growing interests together with critical thinking and motor skills. School-age kids can benefit a lot from various board games as well as the newest addition to the world of fun, which are 3D pens. Modelling clay and colouring books can also come in handy when you want to present your child with the plethora of possibilities that fun learning can bring.

Play is learning for kids

Crayons and child using them to draw

When they play and have fun, children also learn, grow and develop; only they don’t see this process as learning. This is important as you don’t want to pressure your kids in any way or turn this fun time into a boring and strenuous chore. As they get to explore the world and their own power of imagination, children also soak up new knowledge quickly and effectively, without even realizing it. Since their playtime is rather flexible, it allows room for self-guided fun, which allows for confidence, creativity and critical thinking to develop. Trying new things through games and playtime is equivalent to effective learning sessions when kids are concerned. In that respect, you should do your best to provide them with the tools and space where they can explore their creativity and use their mind to learn and grow in a fun and constructive manner.

Keep in mind that you should never force anything on your kids, especially when they’re young. If they get tired from a certain game or activity, let them try something else. They will get back to things they love instinctively as long as they don’t feel the pressure. That way, kids will grow up without knowing the stress and fear associated with gaining new knowledge, engaging in different activities and broadening their own world.

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Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine.

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