The Influence of Play on Child Development Essay

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Children develop normally when they are exposed to different types of play that allow them to express themselves while using their imaginations and being physically active. According to the Center for Health Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness, “Play is child’s work”; this is true because it is a child’s job is to learn and develop in their first few years of life, in order for them to do this, they play (CHETNA). Not only is playing a child’s full time job, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights listed play as a right of every child (Ginsburg). Through their full time job of play, the children develop emotionally, socially, physically, and creatively. Children need to participate in child-led play in order to …show more content…
This allows both the adults and the children of the family to be on the same level which will help ease the communication between each party (Wegrman). When this communication is equal between all members, they can begin to play out the situations and resolve some of the negative emotions that are present.
Through play, children are also able to form relationships with their peers, therefore developing socially. They are able to “learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills” all of which are important skills in a child’s world as well as the adult world (Ginsberg 183). This is especially prevalent in young school age children, who have had relatively few social encounters without the presence of their parents before entering school. These young children will often make life time friends by sharing a popular treat at snack time or borrowing a color crayon to another child who has broken theirs.
Another benefit of child-led play is that children, while exploring, are being active and developing different motor skills. This physical play is developed by running, jumping, climbing, and anything that gets them moving in order to develop their muscle and body control (Pasquariello). While the children engage in this type of play, they are able to have fun while also maintaining a healthy body physic. With this they are able to maintain an average “height, weight, general appearance…. and
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