Play is an essential part of of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood and as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Having the time and space to play allows children the chance to keep them physically active and it gives them the freedom to make their own choices about what they want to do. Research shows that play has a range of benefits to the child, family and the community, as well as improving healthy and quality of life. Play also helps the child improve their self esteem, self awareness and self respect, it gives child a chance to mix with others and develop new skills.
Whilst children are in my care I will do my best to offer a range of activities for children to participate in, I will also allow children to give a choice in which activities that the want to participate in, as this will allow the child to become more independent. I feel that it is important for children to be encouraged to do as many activities as possible rather the same thing all the time. By rotating the toys that you have out available for the children to play with it means that they will be learning through play on a range of toys rather than being able to play with the same toys all the time. I think that it is important that children learn about different cultures and that not all people have the same abilities, children can also learn about these topics through play using ethnic dolls, puzzles, books, art and craft and cooking food from different cultures.
Below is a table showing a some of activities that I would like to do with children in my care. The table shows the resources that I would need for the activity and what a child may gain from the activity.
|Activity |Resource |Possible Learning |
|Dressing up and role play |Clothes, make-up, hats