Play is children’s ‘work’.When children are playing, they are learning valuable information. This poem summarises it:
The Value of Play
Play is fun.
Play comes from within. Children love to play.
Play is an important part of healthy development.
Play is enjoyable and doesn’t need careful planning, or an end result.
Play means active involvement, not just watching.
During play, the child sets the rules, and there is no right or wrong way to play.
During play children practise physical skills and learn about their bodies.
They learn to use their imagination.
They learn about their own feelings and the feelings of others.
They learn about the world around them using all five senses.
Play is the work of children!
Through play children learn:
To explore materials
To be creative
To use language
To share (maybe!)
To make decisions
To test possibilities
and so much more!