Earlier this year I posted a link to a wonderful article that highlighted the power of children’s play on development. This post continues that discussion by looking at the importance of play in developing children’s cognitive abilities. In the article, “The Academics-Versus-Play Debate”, author Rae Pica suggests that children’s play must continue to be a major part of a child’s curriculum and everyday learning because studies show that:
- Movement is the young child’s preferred mode of learning.
- Lessons that are physically experienced have more immediate and longer-lasting impact.
- The integration of body systems allows for optimal learning to take place.
- The more senses used in the learning process, the more information retained.
- Play is linked to greater creativity and problem solving, improved reading levels, and higher IQ scores.
- There is a strong correlation between the time children are most playful and the time when the brain is making the most connections.
The article goes on to outline additional findings that support the important role of play in a child’s learning. In the article, Rae Pica also lists a few examples of typical children’s playful activities and the areas of development that each supports. To read the article in full check out the link above found on Rae Pica’s website www.movingandlearning.com.