Remember your childhood days, captured on Polaroids or in sepia tone? Playing with cousins or neighbourhood friends is a joyous time forever imprinted in our memories. During those times, learning and childhood development was simultaneously incorporated in laughter-filled games and friendly competition. Here’s how:
Group Play Is Beneficial for Kids
Group play helps every child’s social-emotional development. It is an opportunity for them to learn how to interact with others and navigate successfully in social situations. It helps mould their understanding of themselves, and become fully realized individuals.
Fosters Positive Behaviour
Playing gives children the opportunity to learn teamwork, cooperation, and show kindness to their peers. They learn how to give and take and make compromises. With the guidance of an adult, parent, or teacher, they can learn how to “use their words” to settle disagreements, and continue to play.
- Interacting with a group is one of the best ways to develop social skills. Young people to get to better know their peers and learn how to work with them.
- Kids learn when to lead and when to follow.
- Games and play help children study how different friends emotionally react to varying situations.
- Kids learn to solve a problem together and achieve a successful outcome.
Group play teaches children confidence in expressing feelings and opinions. Being around other kids helps them see the value in sharing their own voice, and allowing others a chance to speak.
Early childhood educators and psychologists agree that group play supports the development of a young person’s emotional and social skills.
Take time out to give your child and their friends a memorable, fun-filled day filled that will also aid in their development. Check out London, Ontario’s centre of entertainment for kids of all ages: Fleetway Fun! Let children learn through play at Fleetway. Call us at (519) 472-9310.