To explore learning in the article, I consider the role of play in children’s learning.
The impact of play in children’s life is undoubtedly a good way to explore learning because it helps them to learn about themselves and the world around them. It promotes healthy growth and development in children.
1. Play develops children’s imagination
Children see things in a different perspective from adults. They feel everything is possible and can play out any time of their choice as they desire. They would happily talk away to someone on their toy phone or drive the cushions around the sitting room.
As they imagine, they compare physical experiences resulting from interacting with other people and their own feelings.
Imagination is closely linked to intellectual development.
2. Through love for the play item
A parent in a school where I once taught complained to me that her son in Grade 3 was always drawing. ‘’He draws every time even when he is not supposed to’’, she lamented to me. Drawing is a good visual art that the child can be encouraged in but not to the detriment of other learning areas.
The interesting fact that emerges from the recalled experience, however, is that he couldn’t have loved drawing if he didn’t play with it.
When a child derives satisfaction from an object of play, he loves it, tries to play with it more often than before and then inevitably learns from it. Such experience makes a deep and lasting impression on the child’s mind.
3. Play enhances children’s concentration
When they don’t get the needed result in trying to manipulate an object of play, children put in more attention and effort to unravel what appears to them a mystery. Concentration aids thinking, reasoning and focus abilities.
4. Expressions of feelings
If a play is associated with prolonged talking sessions, children may develop natural tendency to bring stories to life through dramatic play. That is, play culminating into a more beneficial play.
When children have opportunities to express themselves, they act out scenes. This tends to improve their social confidence, increase their ability to see things from other people’s point of view and increase the attention they give to the literary work.
5. Having a sense of adventure
Everything to children can be ventured into without any safety worries except if there had been a previous ugly experience that had registered in their subconscious mind in such a way that they can recall it when a similar experience crops up.
For the fact that the experience is fresh and explorative, they eventually learn from it.