10 things every parent should know about play

EduMEE classes to help you motivate your child to love learning through Play!

Support your child in doing their best in school this year by taking one of these play-based virtual classes using Minecraft Education Edition:

  1. Children learn through their play. Play is a crucial element in a child’s development, and should not be underestimated. Play provides the perfect opportunity for children to improve their cognitive skills, physical abilities, vocabulary, social skills and literacy skills.
  2. Play is healthy. Play is vital for children’s growth and development. Play helps combat obesity issues by providing kids with the physical activity they need to grow healthy and strong.
  3. Play reduces stress. Play is your body’s natural way to reduce stress and grow. It provides kids with an outlet for their anxiety and stress, while also giving them a chance to explore and discover their world.
  4. Play is more than meets the eye. Play is more than just a way to enjoy yourself. It is a way for children to learn, explore and grow. Play can be formal or informal, and it’s important for all stages of childhood development. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, and the need for recess in school.
  5. Make time for play. Make time for play! As parents, you are the biggest supporter of your children’s learning and growth. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development.
  6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand. Play is the child’s lab, and learning goes hand-in-hand. They are not separate activities, but two ways of interacting with your environment. This means that playtime can be used to learn about the world around you, while being an enjoyable experience.
  7. Play outside. Play outside! Remember all the good times you had building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter—or even just playing with other children in your neighborhood. Make sure your own kids are creating outdoor memories too.
  8. There’s a lot to learn about play. There’s a ton of information about the importance of play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books on the subject. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is a great resource to learn more.
  9. Trust your own playful instincts. Toys are not just for kids. We all need to play. Play is good for our brains, our bodies and our relationships. So give your children time for play and see what they are capable of achieving when given the opportunity.
  10. Play is a child’s context for learning. Play is a child’s way of learning. They practice and reinforce their learning in different areas during play. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

More resources to engage your child in learning

More resources to engage your child in learning

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