This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. If you’ve ever asked yourself what do children learn through play, then we have a few ideas for you!
Our kids think getting outside is pretty awesome and as a mom (and former teacher), I agree for my own reasons!
What Do Children Learn Through Play?
If you’ve ever wondered about the skills children learn through play, you have probably seen them in action. Maybe you haven’t really thought about what they are exactly, but you know that your kids are getting something out of the time they spend playing.
Can children learn through play? Absolutely. Have you ever just sat and watched your kids on the playground?
Playgrounds are places where play and learning take place. If you’re wondering what skills children learn through play, things like confidence, leadership, teamwork, perseverance, and social skills come to mind easily. The playground is also a great place to exercise your child’s body and mind.
I doubt many of us have trouble getting our kids to agree to a trip to the playground. I will admit that I usually want to go to help them work through some of the never-ending energy they seem to have.
But I know it’s much more that that. The skills children learn through play are skills they will carry with them through life.
Learning Confidence and Perseverance Through Play
Life is about trying things. Sometimes we succeed with ease and sometimes we fail. The playground is a safe place for our kids to explore these parts of life.
It might seem like they’re just learning new physical skills, like how to swing on the swings or go across the bars, but our kids are actually learning a lot more than that. They’re learning about setting a goal and not giving up until they succeed.
If they how to believe in themselves and see things through at a young age, think of what they could accomplish as they get older! The monkey bars are only the beginning!
Learning Leadership and Teamwork Through Play
Have you noticed that your child, who wants to do everything their own way at home, often turns into a completely different person they moment they meet up with other kids on the playground?
I’ve watched both of mine do this just minutes after meeting new friends (and why don’t we make friends as easily as they do?), take the reigns and organize some fun game they all just invented. I’ve also seen them fall into a group with ease, following whichever child is making plans for the next big game.
It’s an amazing thing to watch. It’s true leadership and teamwork developing long before any of us learn what those two words mean. It’s learning in one of the most natural ways a child can learn!
Learning Social Skills and Creativity Through Play
One of my favorite parts about taking my kids to the playground is watching them interact with other kids. The leadership and teamwork is amazing most of the time. But also seeing things like how Weston relates to kids who are younger than him, taking them under his wing. Those are amazing moments.
Watching Carrigan decide that the the top of the slide is the top of her princess castle makes me smile. Then when the other little girls join her royal court, it makes me want to stay at the playground forever.
So what do children learn through play? It’s a lot more than a new game!
Kids learn how to let their imaginations fly when they’re playing. Whether they’re playing alone or find a few new friends to adventure with, it’s childhood at it’s best! They’re practicing their social skills while working their minds in ways that will lead to great things when they grow up!
This heartwarming video was created by playground manufacturer Landscape Structures. It celebrates our kids playing and developing the skills that will be part of the adults they will become.
Landscape Structures has partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development to research how play helps develop the whole child by creating leaders, encouraging collaboration, and teaching about the values of persistence, and problem solving.
For a better tomorrow, we play today.