Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education

Choosing the right educational toys for children is important for their development in several different areas. Children the world over, from those living with the most sophisticated families in big cities to those living in remote villages in developing countries, spend much time 'just playing.' Of course, only grown-ups would put the word 'just' in the previous sentence, implying that somehow play is an indulgence only the very young are entitled to and that nothing much is happening when children play. 

Nothing could be further from reality, however, for a great deal happens when children are 'just playing.' They are developing skills and habits and attitudes that will stay with them throughout their lives. As they play they learn to cope with frustration, to continue to try to improve, to share with others, to give vocal expression to their thoughts and fantasies. They literally 'play for keeps.' 

Young children use toys to develop their gross motor skills. It starts with a baby trying who reaches for a colorful toy and learns to crawl to get to the toy. Toddlers especially enjoy toys that require them to use their whole body. The toy telephone on a string is popular, because they can take it for a walk. Cars are great, because kids can use their hands to drive them around.

Educational toys can make a big difference, because kids can learn to take initiative. They’ll also learn how to negotiate and even plan for the future. For example, they can plan the building of a unique tower of building blocks or create an exciting new world for their toys to live in. 

Play is the crucible in which imagination and creativity can be cultivated and expressed. The child who pretends to be a cowboy, a mother, a fairy, a firefighter is demonstrating some knowledge of these roles and is working through his or her own ideas about all that they entail. And the child who 'spanks' a doll while saying, 'I don't want you to do that again,' is releasing some of his or her own aggressive impulses via this make-believe route instead of trying to mount a direct attack on another person. Play provides just such an outlet for young children. 

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