THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
Do you remember your favourite toy growing up? It didn´t matter whether it was a doll, a stuffed bear or a plastic soldier. That was your favourite toy and you loved it more than anything else in this world. What you probably don´t know is how it influenced your education and how, over the years, toys continue to improve the abilities and skills children need to prepare them for life.
All experts agree; children learn by playing and often toys are the instruments that allow them to discover the world they live in. And this is precisely why they interact with their surroundings thru toys. Plus, toys provide plenty of enjoyment and happiness, both of which help build their self-esteem.
Toys get children engaged in physical activity, by exercising their fine and gross motor skills. Whether they are colouring or dressing and undressing a doll, for example, children are using their sense of touch and sight (fine motor skills) while walkers, tricycles or toy cars boost their physiognomy (gross motor skills) and strengthen their arms and legs. Toys also help them discover balance and coordination and by being physically active, children avoid obesity and adopt a healthy life style.
Toys boost children’s´ creativity and they help them express their emotions (internal and external). Whether it´s through role playing (acting out different characters, use of costumes, etc.) or dolls, children are given the space to imagine familiar situations (playing house, a day at the farm, a visit to the hospital…) or invent fantastical worlds that lead kids to abstraction (action figures, science fiction universes…) The capacity to generate symbolical games reveals a mature personality, capable of creating rules of its own.
BumbleBee Hive Learn and Play strategy is based on this Principle. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
We think adults need to play more too !
Take some regenerative me-time, and allow us to play with your children for just a little while. They’ll learn and your mind and body will be refreshed to take up the most important job in the world again – parenting !
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