Playing isn’t just something kids do, it’s what they need to do in order to thrive and grow. It’s a non-negotiable in childhood. If you’re debating the merits of play, here are 101 reasons why your kids need to play.
Why Kids Need to Play
1. Play teaches children how to share space.
2. Play teaches children how to share toys.
3. Children learn how to share equipment.
4. Taking turns is learned through play and practice.
5. Children learn how to work with others.
6. Teamwork is often needed in play.
7. Children learn to problem solve while playing.
8. Play encourages children to strategize.
9. While playing, children learn what it means to be a member of a team.
10. Playing can teach children how to be independent.
11. Children learn how to entertain themselves through play.
12. Playing encourages children to use their imaginations.
13. Play helps build confidence.
14. How to organize items can be learned through play.
15. The understanding of cause-effect relationships is a natural extension of play.
16. Play teaches children how to plan.
17. Fine motor skill development occurs when playing.
18. Gross motor skills are developed through play.
19. Play is essential for the development of coordination.
20. Children learn about balance while playing.
21. Muscle development occurs through play.
22. Playing helps children see the world differently.
23. Playing helps build courage.
24. While playing, children learn about personal space.
25. Play makes kids happy.
26. When children play, they increase blood flow in their bodies.
27. An increase in blood flow can help children concentrate and focus on tough subjects in school.
28. Play teaches children about colors.
29. Shapes take on new meaning when children play with blocks and different building materials.
30. Play helps children make self-to-world connections.
31. Play is fun!
32. Playing raises children’s awareness of the world around them.
33. Play gives children time to be quiet and introspective.
34. Learning how to control the volume of their voices is done while playing.
35. Children build bonds with others while playing.
36. Playing encourages children to explore their likes and dislikes.
37. When children play, they learn to manipulate different materials.
38. Textures come to life while playing.
39. Play happens in many different forms.
40. Play helps build memory.
41. When children play with others they learn self-monitoring skills.
42. Oral language develops when children play with others.
43. Imaginative play helps children create dialogue.
44. Children learn how to recognize symbols and signs when they play.
45. Play encourages children to learn about roles.
46. Routines and processes are developed through play.
47. Play teaches delayed gratification.
48. Children learn how to prioritize goals through play.
49. Play forces children to examine the needs and wants of others.
50. Play leads to cognitive maturity.
51. Children learn to support one another through play.
52. Sensory development is expanded through play with different materials.
53. Children learn to see the world in different ways.
54. Play encourages children to recognize their feelings.
55. Emotions can be expressed appropriately through play.
56. Play helps children focus.
57. Play helps create students who are ready to learn.
58. Play builds attention spans.
59. Assertiveness is learned through play.
60. Compassion and empathy are integral parts of playing with others.
61. Play can help children work through difficult experiences like divorce or the death of a family member or friend.
62. Unstructured play is great for building self-reliance.
63. Play helps build coordination.
64. Play makes kids laugh!
65. Playing makes memories.
66. Playing with others improves communication skills.
67. When children play, they learn new skills.
68. Old skills are practiced and refined while playing.
69. Children learn about spatial relationships through play.
70. Problem solving skills are introduced and developed through play with others.
71. Play helps improve math skills.
72. Dramatic play can bring history to life.
73. Real life scenarios can be acted out through play.
74. Play can help develop science skills.
75. Dramatic play can help children explore different career paths.
76. Play increases musical talent and awareness.
77. Play helps children learn how to safely navigate their world.
78. When children play, they build skills for the present and the future.
79. Some of the best childhood memories can be made through free play.
80. Play helps alleviate a child’s dependence on technology.
81. Play gets children outdoors.
82. Indoor play gives children options on rainy days.
83. Play teaches about rules and regulations.
84. Play teaches children resiliency.
85. A child’s first experiences with skinned knees happens during play.
86. Play helps children sleep better at night.
87. Play makes kids smile.
88. Play is a child’s job.
89. Play builds bonds between children and adults.
90. Bonds between children are also created during play time.
91. Play helps children cross cultural and language boundaries.
92. New ideas are created during play.
93. Children learn how to improve on the way they do things when they play.
94. Play is not limited by age.
95. Play can happen anywhere.
96. Humor develops through play.
97. Learning happens when children play.
97. Play brings about joy.
98. Play teaches children about anticipation.
99. Playing improves fine and gross motor coordination.
100. Children’s reflexes improve during play.
101. Play is one of the healthiest things your child can do to grow and develop.
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