Language and communication development
Children can expand their vocabulary and experiment freely with words in their own space and time, without the risk of embarrassment if they use the words incorrectly. By pretend playing with others, children begin to understand that words give them the power to re-enact a story and to organise play.
Creative play is a great way to build your child’s communication skills in a fun and supportive environment. When children are engaged with their chosen material you’ll notice they talk to themselves about what’s happening. This in turn leads to building their vocabulary and developing their imagination.
Imaginative play allows your child to express both positive and negative feelings. It also helps him to work through difficult emotions and to understand them.
It’s no secret that creative activities provide a positive outlet for children (and adults) to express their emotions, and this starts at a very young age. Making a range of equipment and materials accessible for children, means that creative expression becomes as normal as brushing their teeth.
Children express themselves both verbally and non-verbally through imaginative play. They use all their muscles and senses to achieve this. In a nursery or school setting children can play with water or sandpits to promote fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. And, have you seen the water play equipment that’s available today? Rhino Play provide some of the most innovative around.
To stimulate gross motor skills, you can encourage music and dancing too – more fun and more creativity that can also be done in the playground! There really is no need to ever go back into the classroom! Look at some of these brilliant playground musical instruments.
As children get older, physical activities will help further develop their fine motor skills, as well as their hand-eye coordination. There is exercise equipment available that is specifically designed for the playground! It’s a win win situation for children, keeping fit whilst developing their motor skills!
Imaginative play fosters mental growth by creating opportunities for trying out new ideas, ways of thinking and problem solving. In pretend-play, children face a variety of problems to solve. Whether it’s two children who want to play the same role, or looking for the right material to use for a doll’s bed, children will use important thinking skills that they’ll use through their lives. Cars, trains, boats, castles, forts etc. provide an excellent opportunity for children develop their role play skills.
Even at a young age, creative activities help to develop basic maths skills such as geometry (size and shape), measuring, and sorting. There is also a great deal of problem solving and concentration which happens as children learn to take what is in their head and put it onto paper. In the early years they need to ask themselves basic questions like will this glue be strong enough, if I cut here will it fit, or how can I stop the paint from dripping? In solving these problems, they learn about the creative thinking process.
Children can learn maths and English outside through carefully designed playground markings – there’s no better way to children to learn without them even realising. Through an alphabet spiral or a snakes and ladders game in their playground for example!
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