At the age of four, the father of Albert Einstein gave him a magnetic pocket compass he can play with while stuck in bed suffering in an illness. He spent hours twisting the compass, wondering how the needle always knew to point towards the north.
That experience inspired Einstein’s love for Science and made a deep and lasting impression on him. He wrote, “Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.”
Like Einstein’s experience, play is the key to learning for children. Researchers and educators around the world found that play can enrich learning and develop key skills such as teamwork, inquiry, expression, problem-solving, and much more. That’s the reason why Daycare Services offers play-based learning activities.
Upper Room Christian Academy Preschool, your primary choice of Child Care Services in North Carolina, brings you 3 reasons why play is more than meets the eye!
- Develops Cognitive & Critical Thinking
Pretend plays, building blocks, jigsaws, and shape sorters can help them recognize different shapes and sizes, putting things in order and developing logic while solving the given problem.
- Fosters Effective Communication & Social Skills
In playing, children learn to work with others toward a shared goal. They learn to be assertive but cooperate and share at the same time. Kindergarten schools also use guided play as a model setting for language learning.
- Inspires Creativity and Creates Confidence
Creativity happens when critical thinking and skill development come together producing something new or different. At 2, they learn to use anything in their world to spur their imagination – a stick into a magic wand, drink coasters for cookies, etc. Playing with clay, drawing, painting, dressing up, etc. also encourages imagination and creates confidence at the same time.