How Play Benefits your Child
When children play, it might look like they’re taking a break from serious learning. But in fact, play is their way of learning. When your child plays peekaboo, board games, shopkeeper and customer – well, when they engage in ANY kind of play activity – they develop both physically, cognitively, and socially.
- When children play, they experiment with life itself and all its facets.
- Children play to understand themselves and the world around them.
- The developmental benefits of play are endless, but they can be grouped into:
- Physical benefits: play helps your child develop great motor skills.
- Cognitive benefits: play is your child’s way of processing information.
- Social benefits: play is the most direct way your child can connect with others.
Play is Learning
Little babies who reach out to touch their parents’ smiling faces naturally develop their gross motor skills and sense of touch. Toddlers who playfully drop toys to the floor learn to understand the concept of gravity. And a group of older children who role play a birthday party build strong, social relations and develop their language skills while playing.
“When children play, they experiment with life itself and all its facets. They dream, tell stories, make up worlds of fantasy, and they do this to learn about life, to understand the world around them, and to become familiar with their own role in this world," explains expert in children’s play, Joern Martin Steenhold.
The developmental benefits of play are endless, but they can be grouped into three main areas: physical benefits, cognitive benefits, and social benefits.
Meet our Team of Experts
One expert is an experienced family advisor who has met hundreds of Danish families. Another expert has dedicated his entire life to researching children's well-being and development through play. And some of the other experts specialise in children's motor skills, sensory integration, and learning. Together, they inspire us to provide your children with better sleep, develop them through play, and support them when they study.
At FLEXA Insight, you will find all the experts’ valuable insights, tips, and ideas.