Utilize Playing to Help in Child's Holistic Development

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For adults, play is a way of relieving stress, especially after long hours of work. It's takes the form of leisure or sport. For children, play is life. It's when they learn about the world, and how to make sense of it. Like the saying goes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Since playing is a natural part of a child's life, it should be encouraged. A child's intelligence isn't just measured in numbers (cognitive ability), as there are so many other aspects to be considered. The development of your child depends on you not only allowing your child lots of time to play, but encouraging it. Below are the kinds of play that will benefit your child, and tips on how play helps in a child's holistic development.

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Kinds of Play, According to Psychologist Mildred Parten

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    Solitary Play (Infancy).
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    Children play alone with toys that attract them. Even with other children nearby, they don't interact.
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    Parallel Play (Toddlers).
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    Children play side by side, but more often focus on their own activities and toys, rather than engaging with other children.
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    Associative Play (Young Preschooler).
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    Children, sharing materials and toys, play in pairs or groups together - in the same area. There is an active and energetic interaction, with very little cooperation or negotiation.
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    Cooperative Play (Older Preschoolers).
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    Groups of children actively engaged with one another in sustained play, where they negotiate, and share responsibilities and leadership to attain goals.
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Four Categories of Play According to Sara Smilansky

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    Functional Play.
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    The child manipulates things in order to learn about them. This education includes the sensory and motor exploration of toys, materials and people.
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    Constructive Play.
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    The child is involved in building something. Good examples are blocks and stacking cubes. The child now handles and controls the objects in order to creating something according to plan.
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    Dramatic Play.
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    This is pretend play. It consists of make believe actions and interactions where a child pretends to be something or someone other than who or what he or she is, such as being an airplane, car, dog, , doctor, etc. He or she uses actions, objects or words to represent other situations, things or events.
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    Games with Rules.
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    He or she behaves based on the established rules to sustain legitimate play.
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The Three Aspects of Child Development

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    Physical.
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    This involves the physical growth, improved locomotor skills and the coordination attained by performing activities focused on gross motor skills.
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    Cognitive.
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    The child's development that focuses on processing information, comprehension, language, reasoning, problem solving, conceptual and perceptual skills and other skills that encourage brain development.
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    Socio-Emotional.
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    This emphasizes self-awareness and self-regularization.
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How Play Helps in the Holistic Development of the Child

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    It facilitates the physical development of the child.
    Play is vital in the development of the perceptual motor coordination when all their senses are functioning. They can attain balance, coordination and strong, flexible bodies, which are essential to the child's performance.
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    It supports the child's emotional development.
    By playing, the process itself makes children work with their emotions. They express their thoughts and feelings, such as fears, anxieties, and desires. The process of play is a device to deal with the traumatic events and disturbing situations that may present themselves in their lives. It gives a child the sense that a child feels in control of their world, which leads them to mastery and leadership. The child increases his or her competence, confidence and self-esteem.
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    It promotes general cognitive development.
    The learning process during play makes them think and be flexible when problem solving. Not all things can be taught directly. Learning is often more effective through experience, especially for kids. The skills to read, speak and do math ultimately rests upon the child's capacity and ability to use symbols; for example, a block to represent a truck or a telephone. Children's understanding or perception of an object's abstract character enables them to use it in multiple ways.
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How to Nurture and Develop the Different Areas of Child Development by Playing

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    Expose your child to different materials and activities that will stimulate his mind, body and feelings.
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    This includes providing a safe environment where you can watch over him from the distance. Provide toys appropriate for your child's age with rich colors and interesting textures. Always check the labels/instructions/warnings, and be sure to avoid toys with harmful chemicals. Aside from learning how to manipulate the toys on his own, he/she will also become familiar with shapes, sizes and colors. When your child is in preschool, invite friends to play with him/her, as that is essential in learning how to share, and the art of waiting his/her turn.
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    Let your child explore.
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    Discovery is part of the child's learning process. Preschoolers are generally capable of doing other gross motor skills such as running and jumping, but this has to be developed. Engage your preschooler in free play, such as making use of sand, water, and play dough to get his finger muscles working. As he is participating in the free play, don't just tell him what to do. Let him open his curiosity and be creative. This will develop your child's fine motor skills.
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    Let him experience playing outside.
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    Give him/her different environments, such as the beach or garden. Encourage your him/her to work with his/her hands and familiarize himself/herself with the concepts of hot and cold, dry and wet, rough and smooth. For added fun, introduce other playmates to your child, to learn how to create and maintain the value of friendship. This will also develop other characteristics such as cooperation and empathy. Playing with different ages or mixed ages is actually a good learning opportunity for both young and old children in the group. The younger children have the advantage to play above their usual level, and the older children get the chance to take care of, and teach the younger children.
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REMINDER

  • Don't deprive play in children because playing promotes brain growth and development.
  • Don't interrupt a child engrossed in play to tussle their hair, or ask them something unimportant. This changes their focus, and especially with an infant, they won't go back to what they were doing after you've walked by.
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Questions and Answers

How can holistic development be promoted through different types of play?

Can you briefly outline how holistic development can be promoted through a variety of different types of play in a child?

The nature of play that you expose your kids to is really crucial because there's a lot of things your child can learn from playing. Keep in mind that play is a form of simulation for kids, which means that they live in the world of play to experience life.

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Therefore, play should involve both challenges and happiness. This gives your child the learning that life is constant changing. You have to work hard to achieve something. This does not mean, however, that play should be violent. Violence will not teach your kids anything good. You just have to make sure that there is a good balance between happiness and challenges, and you are sure that your child will learn things about life the proper way.

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