Five ways in which play contributes to a child’s learning

In today’s time, raising a child has been challenging! Children have become less active due to the electronic age, increased attention to academics and hassled lifestyle. To create an optimum environment for child development, Play has to be incorporated at an early age for enhancing their capabilities. Through Play way method of learning it help’s children to be confident, be independent, develop curiosity, interact boldly, cope well in challenging situations, boosts their self-confidence and much more.

Play contributes to a child’s learning in the following ways-

  1. Cognitive Development

Play help’s a child to be confident, interactive, focused and creative. When a child is involved in solitary, pretend or group plays, they are either solving a problem, experimenting, thinking, taking leads through play thus learning new skills each time.

E.g.- Brain Exercise Activity: This tracing with synchronization activity for kids is ideal to be performed everyday.

2. Social and Emotional Development

Play improves social skills in children as they learn to work with others towards a mutual goal. They learn to be self-confident, discuss, collaborate, empathize and share. A socially healthy child adjusts well in school, performs better at academics and makes healthy bonding with friends.

3. Physical Development

Hopping, jumping, catching, kicking, throwing enhances physical development in children. It not only improves a child’s health but also promotes fitness and movement skills. It consequently helps a child to develop connections between nerve cells and their brain.

4. Critical Thinking

Building blocks, role play or board game leads children to be critical thinkers who can analyse, compare, interpret and evaluate. It allows kids to gain a deeper understanding of the world, receptive and to be a good observant.

5. Language & Speech Development

Play has a huge impact on language and speech development as children use words to express themselves. For instance-‘Imaginative Play’ gives children the chance to recreate experiences while ‘Outdoor Play’ improves listening, communication and vocabulary skills.


Play is fundamentally a ‘child’s occupation’ and learning through play is one of the most important way to facilitate and strengthen the growth of child’s skills across several areas of development.

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