Earlier this year, we talked about why play is important to children’s development. There’s a wealth of research that support this. In England, the Department of Education has established the early years foundation stage (EYFS) which sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. The final goal for pupil attainment is called an Early Learning Goal (ELG), which is consist of a series of materials for practitioners assessing children's development at the end of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).
Examining closely, benefits of play clearly support many of the sections outlined in the ELGs which is divided in seven areas. Children-driven play allows them to explore their creativity while developing their cognitive, emotional and social strengths. It also provides children time and space to bond with their playmates, parents and family as it is through play that they engage and interact with their surroundings.
Similarly, the EYFS outlined the areas where children needs to be taught through games and play, particularly: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design.
Role-playing games, open-ended play such as sand or clay building, and active play such as hide-and-seek, build self-awareness, confidence, relationships and ability to solve problems and conflicts.
Board game is another fantastic example of play that both children and parents can participate in. Board games have been around for centuries, and have been part of cultures and societies throughout history. Just by the virtue of playing board game already presents children with the benefits of satisfying their competitive edge, achieving goals and mastering new skills including number and shape recognition, counting, visual and color perception and manual dexterity.
Our very own Super Tooth Board Game has been especially designed to promote personal skills and social communications, enhance visual perception, memory, observation and matching skills while teaching children about balanced eating and good oral hygiene.
More so, engaging children in play such as board games is a fun way to educate, promote quality time and encourage offline learning that keeps your children from spending too much time on the computer or TV.
Experts believe that children need at least two hours of play every day, as well as a variety of ways to play. Schedule a time for your kids to enjoy playing, preferably after homework, and more during weekends. Be smart about the toys that you buy for your kids and take time to participate yourself as it offers quality time and bonding too.
The ELGs are there to serve as a guide for us, but we can always do more. Talk to your kids’ educators and teachers on how you can supplement your child’s learning even after school hours. What we sow today will be crucial. Remember, the first five years of your child can affect his future – both positively and negatively, for the rest of his or her life!
Learn more about Cosy Angel’s fun and educational Super Tooth Board Game HERE.