play explores life exploration through play times

What happens in Play?

‘Stuff Happens’

Play times allow young children to develop language, thinking, movement and social-emotional competence. Simple experiences: as toys are mouthed, transferred from place to place   — creating relationships between toys. These relationships are simple at their start (moving toys in and out of containers) and gain complexity as children grow and increase their experiences.

As play activities become more complex, children begin to represent their everyday activities of families (modeling feeding doll figures, enacting car rides and bus trips), as well as, linking activities together to form sequences (first feeding a doll and then putting the doll to bed), and beginning to pretend that one object stands for another (a small disk is a cookie) and progressively: reproducing a series of activities in an entire script (setting up a tea party).

All this play develops brain functioning.

Play is critical to human development

Research proves that play:

  • Builds abilities to solve problems, negotiate rules and resolve conflicts.
  • Develops confident, flexible minds.
  • Nurtures creativity, resilience, independence and leadership.
  • Strengthens relationships and empathy
  • Helps brow strong healthy bodies and reduces stress.

Children who play do better in school and become more successful adults

Through PLAY children learn to question, predict, hypothesize and analyze, as well as, form and substantiate opinions and persist through adversity.

Use the Kidskills Training Manuals to add daily lessons to preschool movement training.