Freely chosen play is when a child decides and controls their play following their own instincts, imagination and interests.  They play without being led by adults. We explore that topic as it is directly related to the experiments available in each and every issue of The Spark Comic book, issued by High Touch Entertainment Corp.

There’s no right or wrong way to play. Freely chosen play improves children’s health, well-being and development.

Why play is important

Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people.

Through play, children learn about the world and themselves.

They also learn skills they need for study, work and relationships such as:

  • confidence
  • self-esteem
  • resilience
  • interaction
  • social skills
  • independence
  • curiosity
  • coping with challenging situations

Developing physical health through play

Physical play such as running, skipping and riding a bicycle helps children develop:

  • good physical fitness
  • agility
  • stamina
  • co-ordination
  • balance

Developing social skills through play

Playing can help children develop their social skills with others. By listening, paying attention and sharing play experiences, this helps a child:

  • explore their feelings
  • develop self-discipline
  • learn how to express themselves
  • work out emotional aspects of life

Playful parenting

Through play, parents can connect fully with their children and have fun.

A parent or carer can support and take part in their child’s play activities but they shouldn’t direct what happens.

It’s important they give their children time, freedom and choice to play. If an adult makes all the decisions about how, what and when their child plays, the child won’t enjoy their play experiences.

Play and challenge

Children often want to create challenge and uncertainty in their play. Through risky, challenging play, children test themselves and find out their own limits. They learn how to deal with risk through play and can use these same skills later in life.

Parents should encourage their children from birth to extend themselves. Teach them basic skills including:

  • riding a bicycle
  • swimming
  • road safety

As a parent you should explain that it’s important to learn from mistakes, to try again and to believe in themselves.  Help them understand their limits and their boundaries. Allow them to have fun in their play.

The Spark Comic and the scientic experiments available in each issue are all a great way to enage your child in such activities. Learning by doing is one of the greatest ways your child can indeed develop new skills. Contact us today to learn more.

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