“It is a happy talent to know how to play”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer and playing go together. Spending the hot summer days enjoying spontaneity and freedom is a treasured memory of most adults and is every child’s wish.
Playing allows children to use their imagination which develops confidence and creativity. Social skills can be developed through play when children learn about getting along with others. The benefits of play are numerous, but here are a few to consider.
Children develop muscles, flexibility, bone density and increase fine and gross motor skills.
Free play helps to build self confidence, esteem and encourages them to take risks. Self expression and creativity thrive and limitations are tested and understood.
Play increases intelligence and the ability to articulate. Language, reasoning skills and problem solving can all be tested at the playground.
The skills we learn as children lay the foundation for adulthood. Giving a child the opportunity and freedom to play exposes him or her to one of life’s greatest learning experiences. Adults also benefit from watching children play as it reminds them of the innocence of childhood.