What Is Global Play Day
A day for unstructured play! How is play important to learning?
Play benefits all areas of a child’s development. One important aspect of this time is unstructured play, also called free play. Unstructured play allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. It’s been shown to foster cognitive development while boosting physical development and social and emotional development. It specifically helps creativity and imagination, problem-solving abilities and social skills.
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How unstructured play is important for all children no matter what their age.
Creativity and imagination: Because there are no fixed rules to follow, children can make their own games and guidelines. This opportunity to create and use imagination is important to cognitive development.
Problem-solving abilities: Children work together during unstructured play to solve problems, like who takes the first turn in a game and establishing other rules of play. While activities should be supervised, allow children time to work together on problems before helping resolve a conflict or question.
Social skills: Unstructured play encourages social skills and teamwork. Children take turns, learn to listen and share, develop imaginary scenarios and make decisions together. Because they are the ones driving play, they have the chance to learn on their own among friends.
We Love It!
Best day ever! You want to play? – Susu
Let’s make a store and then I can make the money. – Yanyi
I like play. – Felix