The Importance of Play

by Margaret Hadley

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers

CHUP Preschool is a wonderful place for children to play and learn.  Play fosters creativity in all aspects of learning. It helps to expand children’s minds.  Playing teaches concepts like sharing and taking turns, it is the building blocks for learning to cooperate. At CHUP, we provide a curriculum with many opportunities for exploring and discovery.  Stories, music, finger play poems, and creative dancing are a big part of the classroom routine.  These activities engage children, while focusing on learning.

“Play is how children begin to understand and process the world,” says Angie Rupan an early childhood educator. “Children’s play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.”

What do preschoolers learn when they play?

Language and Vocabulary Development:
Playing with a doll house or dolls allows your child to reenact what happens in their everyday life, using words and phases they hear.

Imagination and Creativity:
Dress up clothes and puppets provide opportunities for open ended play.
These will help your child automatically get their creative juices flowing.

Problem Solving and Mathematics:
Blocks and puzzles are excellent “basics” to supply your child with and they provide  opportunities to foster these important skills.

Gross and Fine Motor Skills:
Stringing beads, lacing, balls, and balance beams provide opportunities to strengthen muscles without your child even being aware of it.

My goal as a preschool educator is to foster these skills. Our program at CHUP provides the atmosphere and materials needed to help children engage in these important experiences.


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