It was a fine Thursday morning and right after getting their daily dose of sunlight from the school playground, our preschoolers head back to the classroom to freshen up for another round of free play!

Everyone's a busy bee!

Everyone’s a busy bee!

Contrary to the olden belief that play is nothing but a waste of time and money (given that toys nowadays surely cost a lot!), such activities actually entails a lot of benefits for a growing child. Block building or merely putting puzzle pieces together enhances a child’s cognitive skills like counting and pattern recognition. Letting them enjoy a few minutes of painting aids in improving not only their fine motor skills but also their color identification. It can pave the way for language development as well. Have you ever heard a little kid talk about how he transformed his lego stack into a castle with a corn cob for a princess? Play is actually work in disguise! No wonder little children do it all the time.

Eli makes a 'firetruck' from his wheeled Lego pieces!

Eli makes a ‘firetruck’ from his wheeled Lego pieces!

Basti strikes a pose with his newly-built skyscraper!

Basti strikes a pose with his newly-built skyscraper!

Gab made his own skyscraper, too!

Gab made his own skyscraper, too!

That's a colorful castle, Prince Martin!

That’s a colorful castle, Prince Martin!

Lexi mixes red and yellow paint to make orange! Clever!

Lexi mixes red and yellow paint to make orange! Clever!

Jaden having some me-time with a picture book. Shh!

Jaden having some me-time with a picture book. Shh!

     Apart from its individual benefits, play is also a way of bonding between friends. As our little ones grow older, they become more sociable and more aware of the presence of others especially that of their peers. Sharing might be a little challenging for them at first, but with continuous encouragement, they will eventually learn the meaning of lending, borrowing, and giving. Remember, hands are for loving and not for hurting!

Basti and Eli transforming the table into a construction site!

Basti and Eli transforming the table into a construction site!

Martin and Gab made a building out of lego, too! Martin used an axe (on the table) as props to help Gab 'seal the gap' between those blocks.

Martin and Gab made a building out of lego, too! Martin used an axe (on the table) as props to help Gab ‘seal the gap’ between those blocks.

Little Picassos: Pipop, Lexi, and Sia found out that a combination of red and yellow produces orange!

Little Picassos: Pipop, Lexi, and Sia enjoying some fun time trying out freestyle painting.

     The thing about play is that, one does not need an expensive toy to have a good time. For children, a simple box can transform into a lot of things! Just like our preschoolers, all we have to do is use our imagination–and the good news is, it does not come with a hefty price tag.😉

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2 responses »

  1. “The thing about play is that, one does not need an expensive toy to have a good time”.
    I couldn’t agree with you more. Creative play should be an advocacy for parents and families especially at this time when children are drawn towards gadgets and too much materialism. Very nice post:)

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