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!
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.
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!
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. 😉