WATCH: The power of play

You think playing is nothing but fun and games for children?

Think again.

Playing has a very important role in boosting learning – this applies not only inside the classroom, but also at home and elsewhere.

“Playing is important because it harnesses or improves a child in different aspects,” said Sierra Paraan, Save the Children’s Basic Education Advisor. (WATCH: Why should a child play with other children?)

Through playing, children may develop:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sense of joy and wonder
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creativity and Resourcefulness
  • Self-confidence and Independence
  • Social skills, Sharing, and Cooperation 
  • Imagination and Curiosity

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Play, learn, enjoy

“According to various studies, children who play also get to exercise their brains more,” Paraan emphasized. “In this way, playing helps young children prepare for school.”

“Playing also gives children more flexibility in their ways of thinking,” Paraan added.

Parents, remember that playing doesn’t need to be expensive.

You don’t need to buy high-tech or fancy toys just to give your children a fun learning experience. All you need is a little creativity. (WATCH: Parents, do you play with your children?)

Another piece of advice for parents: Don’t limit your child just because she’s a girl or he’s a boy. Don’t box your children into gender roles when it comes to playing and learning.

She wants to play with dinosaurs and race cars? No problem. He wants to bake and cook? No problem.

Help create a positive environment that empowers children to make decisions, practice individuality, and create meaning out of experiences. 

Let children play, explore, and grow. Recognize the value of playing in learning.

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