Play is more than an activity;
it is a way to make sense of the world.
To promote play, there is a need to focus on the value of play and its implications for practice. When children play, they empower themselves to experiment, push boundaries and take control of their own learning.
Play nurtures imagination and innovation, which are both critical in thinking. It allows them to be actively engaged and think about experiences that matter to them. Through play, children develop confidence and agency to make sense of the environment around them.
Play nurtures crucial 21st century skills.
In play, children are active participants. Play provides an invitation for them to become engaged and unlock their creative potential, with adults as the co-constructors.
Through play, children encounter situations which help nurture skills that are crucial to meet the challenges of a vast changing world. These skills include communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Play also invites children to develop adaptability, the ability to problem-solve and resilience when faced with failure.
and the arts
are intrinsically linked.
Play is not limited to the playground. In fact, play is
all around. It contains all the necessary elements of development that are needed to sustain humanity in a condensed form.
Through play, children learn to imagine, innovate and create. They learn to search for different solutions and use alternative modes of expression. These are often visible in various art forms (drama, dance, visual art, music, literature), which are often used by children when they play.