Benefits of Play
Play and Sport Skills Bring Preschoolers 10 Benefits
- FUN: Belonging to a group, even as a preschooler, widens a youngster’s social world.
- Self-worth and value as well as a positive body image develop with play activities.
- With purposeful active PLAY a child has engagement in either self-development or shared play.
- Play activities provide channels for energy to be directed and releases any pent up stress.
- Discipline develops as simple tasks are offered and accepted as goals. Working to reach these aims teaching the basic principle that work brings achievement.
- In low level of organization of PLAY and sports, the abilities to participate with FAIR PLAY and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP are encouraged and the ability to accept the win-loss setting modeled.
- Children who start to build habits of active participation in exercise, sport and free play also statistically build their determination to succeed in academics.
- The abilities to work together as a team member builds teamwork and leadership skills. These skills are important for a lifetime.
- Motor skills: locomotor skills, body control and directional maneuvering as well as fundamental strategic thinking and problem solving grow through play and simple sporting games.
- Regular exercise increases the quality of life.
Many of these benefits transfer to academic skills and information acquisition in general. Communication abilities and fluent sequencing of motion and general process awareness build the body-mind connections and enrich brain development.