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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Did you know that young children learn most of their important lessons on their own and not through conscious efforts by adults? They learn to walk, to manipulate small objects, to separate their own existence from that of others through self-exploration. They develop their motor skills, senses, language skills, and cognition by exploring their environment and interacting with others.

This is where the importance of ‘play’ comes in. Children do their exploration and interaction with others mostly through play activities. Although children do not play to learn, they do learn by playing anyway. As thus, it is but important that you take your child’s play seriously. If anything, you must maximize your child’s opportunity to engage in the activity.

You must design a play culture that is most nurturing for your child. Recognizing that play is indeed important is not enough. You must couple this understanding with conscious efforts to give your child the material and mental stimulation that he needs. Give him the necessary resources, time, and space. Keep in mind that creating an effective play culture is tantamount to giving your child the learning tools that he needs at a stage of critical development.

As thus, you must create the right conditions for your child’s play to develop, both indoors and outdoors. You must ensure that your child’s play culture is designed so that there is a proper balance between directed (or structured) and child-initiated play. More so, you must guarantee that your child’s play activities are of sound quality. That is, you must make sure that he is engaged in educational play. Go ahead and invest in the right toys. You will find kids’ play tables and even educational rugs that are perfect for your learning child.

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