Cognitive Benefits Of Play

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Apart from numerous cognitive benefits, play also has a substantial impact on the social development of children including expression and management of feelings/emotions and developing a sense of trust which are required in adulthood for maintaining social interactions. Many theorists and researchers including Sandra Russ suggested that in play, children experience as well as learn to express various emotional thoughts and feelings such as happiness, joy, pain and jealousy while developing a sense of control and regulation over them. This regulation and control of these affective processes, by practicing both positive and negative affect expressions during play leads to more adaptive functioning in children that can aid in better self- management in hardships of life. In addition many studies have shown that playing experiences are associated with reduced distress and flexibility and hence increased cognitive coping. For instance, children involved frequently in fantasy and group play generated a greater number and variety of coping strategies when thinking about what to do in a threatening situation without being distressed which required control of impulse and aggression. Furthermore, one of the child theorists, Erik…show more content…
Many theorists suggested that pretence in play and group play helps children to assume new roles and distinguish self from the others by self- realising their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and desires compared to others. Play expose children to various challenges, tensions, and/or conflicts encouraging them to engage in self-directed manipulation/solving of problems in the material world hence building up their self-confidence. Furthermore, play environment provide children with an opportunity to self-directed inquiry through which they can build up
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