“…all play is more profoundly meaningful than we usually think…as children discover the world, and discover what they are able to do in the world, they develop confidence and mastery.“
Play provides children with the opportunity to explore unfamiliar ideas, to hypothesise, to construct complex scenarios and to multi-task in order to ensure that these scenarios unfold in the way they envision. It introduces children to a world of imagination, metaphor and symbol, the use of which has beneficial effects on brain development. It allows for analysis and meta-cognition (thinking about one’s own thinking), the flourishing of creativity, and it aids in the development of language by facilitating the verbal expression of thoughts and ideas, with children often using more sophisticated vocabulary when immersed in imaginative play.
“Pretend play with peers engages children in the same type of representational thinking needed in early literacy activities. Children develop complex narratives in their pretend play. They begin to link objects, actions and language together in combinations and narrative sequences. They generate language suited to different perspectives and roles.”
Let the Children Play: Nature’s Answer to Early Learning
At The Educationalist, we are passionate supporters of all types of play – symbolic, sensory, imaginative, dramatic – and we believe in empowering and enabling adults to actively engage in play with the children in their care.